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A time for reflection

  • Published at 08:18 pm July 4th, 2016
A time for reflection

It is with mixed emotions that the nation will observe this year’s Eid-ul-Fitr.

More than most years, people will value the opportunity to spend time with their family and loved ones, and to pause for reflection as well as celebration while marking the end of Ramadan.

The shock and sorrow caused by the senseless slaughter in Gulshan will reverberate for a long time to come.

As we mourn the dead, we must remember that it is only small groups of individuals who commit the brutal acts of terrorism which have blighted so many different parts of the world in the last year.

Their actions do not defeat the good intentions and peaceful outlook of ordinary people. Instead, they are a reminder to the world of the need to resist the misuse of ideology and religion to spread fear and violence

Their actions do not defeat the good intentions and peaceful outlook of ordinary people. Instead, they   are a reminder to the world of the need to resist the misuse of ideology and religion to spread fear and violence.

It is in this spirit that we recall the month of personal fasting, prayer, and self-discipline observed by Muslims.

Ramadan helps to remind all people, whatever their beliefs or religion, to remember the less fortunate and to show generosity and solidarity to fellow humans in need.

Eid at the end of Ramadan brings out the best in people.

In addition to being a religious festival, it is also a major cultural landmark and public holiday. We hope all people in Bangladesh will have a peaceful and safe break and make the most of the opportunity to spend time with family.

We wish all our valued readers a very heartfelt Eid Mubarak.