EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: President Adama Barrow has celebrated the efforts of Gambian religious leaders in his Muslim feast of Eid-ul-Fitr (Koriteh) message. “As we take cue from our venerable religious leaders for spiritual guidance, I pay my respects to all of them and, in the same spirit, encourage them to continue to pray for sustainable peace in The Gambia and for humanity at large.”
Mr. Barrow also appealed to the country’s religious leaders to extend prayers to those suffering either due to maltreatment, conflict, disease, or any other form of hardship.
Koriteh feast marks the end of Muslims Holy month of Ramadan. Mature Muslims are required to fast for the entire month for either twenty-nine or thirty days. Muslims believes, as taught by Prophet Muhammad (SAW) that Allah promised to double a person’s reward if he commits himself to the Islamic teachings on what a Muslim could do during Ramadan.
President Barrow appealed to Gambians to come together to work for the ideal Gambia “we wish ourselves,” saying that must be built collectively. “We can do it if we respect and maintain the principles and values of tolerance, discipline, integrity and hard work. To attain this, I invite every citizen to come on-board.”
He also joined millions of Muslims around the world to celebrate the glorious feast of Eid-ul-Fitr, saying while it is a moment of celebration, it is important for Gambians to reflect on the teachings and significance of the auspicious day.
Gambian leader said Islam has set a very high standard for the spirit of unity, love and support for one another and therefore Eid-ul-Fitr is not only about remembering Allah, The Most High, and offering gratitude to Him, but also a day to meditate and rededicate “ourselves” to the religious duty of sharing and caring for one another.
He said the feast offers Muslims the opportunity to reaffirm their values of gratitude, compassion and generosity, and to give thanks for the spiritual renewal and numerous blessings bestowed on them by Allah.
“Indeed, Islam has prescribed very clear moral and ethical values for humankind. These should be brought to bear on our attitudes and efforts, as we collectively seek to build a “New Gambia” based on the rule of law, tolerance and devotion to nation building.”