May 14, 2021
New Zealand and many other countries celebrate the first day of Eid Al Fitr today (Friday, May 14, 2021), following the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The Management and Staff of Indian Newslink join their thousands of Muslim readers in New Zealand and millions of others around the world in marking Eid, which should be seen as a new era of hope and prosperity.
We also hope that the new month of Shawaal will consolidate what the Holy Month of Ramadan epitomises: self-denial, piety and compassion.
Eid Al Fitr denotes peace, harmony and goodwill.
It is understandable that a community that observes abstinence from food and beverage from dawn to dusk for an entire month rejoices at the end of it.
Kudos to Muslims in New Zealand
One of the most impressive facts about the Muslims is their innate ability to adapt themselves to the communities in which they live and work. They integrate well into the mainstream society of the country of their domicile, irrespective of their origin.
Which is perhaps why New Zealand can be proud of its Muslim community, which comprises no less than 50 different nationalities, including those from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. They may speak as many languages or dialects but they come together on three major platforms – their religion, community work and business.
Apart from the fact that they pursue the teachings of Islam with the same vigour as they did in their home countries, Muslims in New Zealand have been discharging their duty as residents and citizens, partaking in a host of activities that spell welfare of their neighbourhood and the communities at large.
It is therefore no surprise that Muslims are involved in education, health, law and order and a host of other sectors. We are aware of their work in assisting victims affected by natural disasters around the world, be it mobilising essential supplies such as food, clothing and medicine, contributing financial resources or going across to the concerned areas as volunteers to help in their rehabilitation.
There are also people who silently assist many unfortunate members of the communities resident in New Zealand, Fiji and other parts of the world. Such assistance could be to educate the younger members of the society, pay for the medical treatment of the needy and for the upkeep of poor senior citizens.
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