By Jonathan Ugbal: Government House Correspondent
Cross River Governor, Senator Ben Ayade has called on Muslim faithful in the state and Nigeria to remain content and render selfless service to their fellow countrymen and the nation at large as a panacea to heal a world in dire need of peace.
Governor Ayade made the call in his Eid El-Fitr message to the Muslim Ummah where he averred that the celebration which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan offered an opportunity for all to break barriers and reach out to fellow human beings after meeting with the creator.
A statement signed by his spokesperson, Mr. Christian Ita quotes the governor as saying that: “Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing, and the remembrance of Allah is greater for He knows all we do.
“Having been refreshed by the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed which are essentially love, self denial and good conduct in our daily relationships, it is expected that we employ a selfless approach in our dealings irrespective of religious, political or tribal affiliations and remain content with what we have.
“It is in the spirit of these that we all must reflect on the impact of our actions as individuals and the collective on this world while we journey through it to ensure that our supplications to the creator are answered.
“These are the solutions to the myriad of problems plaguing our dear nation and it will aid in achieving world peace.”
Eid El-Fitr is a festival that marks the end of the pious month of Ramadan, which is the Islamic holy month of fasting that lasts 29 days.
Muslims are not permitted to fast on Eid which is the first day in the month of Shawwal. It is the date for the start of the lunar Hijri month which depends on when the new moon is sighted by local religious authorities.
The celebration is characterised by large family celebrations and exchange of gifts referred to as ‘Eidi.’
And, Mr. Ayade prayed Allah’s eternal blessings on his faithful and their loved ones.
He said that: “As you celebrate this years Eid El-Fitr and offer Eidi to your loved ones, may Allah who waters his creation, sprinkle his wondrous blessings over you and your loved ones as well as light up your way to lead you to eternal happiness, success and peace.”
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