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ECOWAS Speaker tasks Muslims to extend love, care to downtrodden

By EDWARD ADAMIDENYO

Speaker of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Parliament, Dr. Sidie Mohamed Tunis said that Eid-el-Fitr is a time of deep reflection and renewed commitment that every Muslim faithful, and indeed the entire human race, in whatever way, should extend love and care to the downtrodden and take steps to make the world a better, safer and peaceful place.

Dr. Tunis who said this at his 2022, Eid-el-Fitr felicitation with Muslim faithful in West Africa, also noted that the celebration is a beginning of commitment in the exercise of faith, which is reflected in the communal relationships with one another, as well as brothers and sisters of other faith. The Speaker said that Muslim faithful all over the world have exercised obedience to the teachings of Allah.

“Eid celebration provides an opportunity to appreciate the rich diversity of our traditions, local attires and decorations and the abundance of delectable food and aromatic cuisines that are spread across millions of tables in homes. While at the same time it brings us face to face with the harsh reality of many others who are stricken by poverty and displaced by acts of wars and insecurity,” Dr. Tunis said.

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The Speaker further said, “I would like to extend my warmest wishes and that of the entire ECOWAS Parliament to Muslims around the West African sub-region and the world celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr. While Eid marks the end of Ramadan, it also marks a new beginning in the lives of each individual.

I pray that the beauty of Ramadan touch the deepest cores of our hearts and bring about increase in our good deeds, which will ultimately bring peace and happiness to our region and the world. “I pray we each see religious intolerance, terrorism, extremism, poverty, democratic instability and lack of respect for constituted authorities as vices that make our world unsafe and increase hardship and suffering.

May Almighty Allah, after this long period of fasting and sacrifices, appreciate our obedience, answer our prayers and bestow His Mercies and Blessings upon mankind”.

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