EID-UL-FITR MESSAGE Hugh Desmond Hoyte, S.C.

On this auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, I extend warmest greetings to all our Muslim brothers and sisters in the traditional Islamic way: "Eid Mubarak, Eid Mubarak, Eid Mubarak". These felicitations go out, also, on behalf of my wife and family and the entire membership of the People's National Congress/Reform.

Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the most significant events in the Islamic calendar, is a day when Muslims with a spirit of Thanksgiving and with Festive Remembrance reflect on and strive for of Peace, Forgiveness, and Moral Victory. Peace is central to the Islamic faith. It is the Muslim's ultimate reward; for the Holy Qur'an tells us that those who enter the Gardens of Eternity "will not hear any vain discourses, but only salutations of peace". Muslims, then, by their faith must always be yearning for and promoting PEACE.

Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated at a momentous time in the history of Guyana. It is a time when our nation is in desperate need of PEACE and Reconciliation. In the circumstances, its message takes on a special meaning and significance for all of us, Muslims and non Muslims alike. This message is universal; and the quest for peace is at its very core.

I hope that all our citizens will grasp the significance of Eid and be influenced by its message of harmony and reconciliation. It is a call to put aside hate, pettiness, prejudices and other negative things and focus on those positive things; in other words, to claim the moral high ground. Eid-ul-Fitr goes beyond spiritual devotion and verbal expression and manifests itself equally in fulfilling social and humanitarian obligations. And surely these obligations include promoting and cementing peaceful and harmonious relations with our neighbours and all our fellow citizens.

I hope that Eid will encourage all of us to strive to overcome all obstacles and unite in a common cause for national unity, social harmony and prosperity.

May I wish all Guyanese, Muslims and non Muslims alike, a very happy Eid-ul-Fitr and may its blessings leave us with permanent influences that will be beneficial to the stability, harmony and development of our country and our nation.

Eid Mubarak, Eid Mubarak, Eid Mubarak.