The Holy Month of Ramadan is one of the most important and interesting periods in the Islamic Calendar. In their world, Muslims turn day into night and night into day during this period.
This is a time to realise the pinch of hunger and thirst, suffering and poverty and the pleasure of sharing and giving.
Eid Al Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, is an occasion for Muslims to embrace people of all faiths and pledge to work with them for a world that is assured of peace, harmony, progress and prosperity.
We are confident that New Zealander Muslims will continue to preach and practice tolerance, respect other religions and most important of all, have a true sense of belonging to the country and its people.
In presenting this Special Report, we greet our Muslim brothers and sisters and wish them a happy and peaceful Eid. May Allah, the Most Benevolent and the Most Merciful shower on them His choicest Blessings on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr and continue to guide their lives and destinies.
If the Holy Month of Ramadan is a period of abstinence and introspection, Eid Al Fitr should be an occasion to celebrate humanity.
For in the ultimate analysis, we can trace back our ancestry to but one tree of life.