Imphal: Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla and Chief Minister N Biren Singh greeted the people of Manipur especially our Muslim brethren on the auspicious and joyous occasion of Eid-ul-Fitre and urged them to celebrate the festival by adhering to COVID health and hygiene protocols.
The Governor said this Holy Festival follows the month-long fasting period of ‘Ramadan’ and it is celebrated in a spirit of peace, love and universal brotherhood.
“It embraces one and all within its divine fold and teaches mankind to do good deeds to enrich the soul. The message of Eid-ul-Fitr is relevant today more than ever, when there is mistrust and turmoil all around us. …Our world is too small a world and our life too short a life to harbour any ill-will against one another. While celebrating the Festival, let us all remember that the world is one big family and resolve to work together for a peaceful and prosperous society,” said Heptulla.
The Chief Minister, in his message, said Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramjan, the Islamic Holy month of fasting. Ramzan is not only about refraining from food and drinks but also about abstaining from evil thoughts, words and action.
The festival creates an atmosphere where one is encouraged and supported to become a better person. The noble ideals that mark Eid-ul-Fitr therefore hold important values and lessons that are relevant to each one of us irrespective of religion and belief systems, the Chief Minister said.
In view of the prevailing situation arising out of an aggressive COvID-19 pandemic, I urge our Muslim brethren to restrict the celebration within the confines of our homes so that together we may emerge out of this epic disaster with least damage, stronger and wiser, Biren said.
Agriculture Minister Oinam Lukhi, in his message, sought peace, progress, prosperity and happiness and said he prayed that this festival strengthens the bonds of communal harmony, brotherhood and amity.