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PNM wishesEid Mubarak to Muslim community
The ruling People’s National Movement will continue to adhere strictly to the words of T&T’s National Anthem that every creed and race will find an equal place and that the watchword ‘Tolerance’ will remain the overriding characteristic defining all relations amongst various religious denominations, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has assured.
The Prime Minister gave the assurance in alluding to “recent events which have impacted the Muslim community,” according to a statement from PNM general secretary Daniel Dookie.
The statement also conveyed Eid ul Fitr greetings to the Muslim community.
Last week, guns, ammunition, a ski mask and holster were found hidden in the ceiling of a Cunupia mosque. Rowley later received flack for statements he made about the discovery, in which he suggested searches of the homes of Muslim suspects’ and several mosques in connection with a suspected Carnival terror plot were justified because of the latest gun find in the mosque.
UNC MP Ganga Singh called for him to apologise to the Muslim community and Rowley subsequently issued a statement seeking to assure his comments weren’t an attack on the Muslim community.
The PNM’s statement yesterday noted that Rowley said the celebration of Eid ul Fitr comes at the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan, where greater emphasis is usually placed on family prayer.
“It ought never to be doubted that the family gathering together for prayer is one of the most powerful examples that parents can offer to their children. It is a legacy which many inherited from their own parents and today stand as witnesses, passing down the practice to the next generation,” the PM said.
“This prayer reminds that all of us are dependent upon a Higher Being for our existence, our sustenance, and our deliverance. It is my own prayer that the example of the Muslims during this period would serve as an example to the rest of the national community as we strive to rebuild the broken bonds of family life, and discipline ourselves to better manage the resources in our possession.”
According to the PNM’s statement, Rowley said to the Muslim community, “May Allah accept your good deeds, forgive your transgressions and sins, and ease your suffering, Eid Mubarak.”
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