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A time for celebration and reflection

  • Published at 04:17 am June 15th, 2018
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Tied to the spirit of Ramadan is the spirit of community 

The holy month of Ramadan is coming to a close, and Eid-ul Fitr is upon us. 

One of the most festive days in the Muslim calendar, it is a time when we take stock of all the lessons we have learned during the month of fasting and restraint, as we mark its passing with our family and friends.

Bangladesh is a nation rapidly approaching economic prosperity, and Eid-ul-Fitr brings us some much-needed respite from our busy lives.

But as we celebrate the good things in life, this holiday also calls for paying attention to the less fortunate in our country -- people for whom even fulfilling the basic needs of daily sustenance is an uphill battle.

Ramadan reminds us of the importance of charity. With our industries booming and Bangladesh edging towards middle income status, we should wholeheartedly accept the spirit of generosity, not limited to the day of Eid.

Tied to the spirit of Ramadan is the spirit of community -- we need to start considering our nation as an entire community in and of itself.

We, as a nation, are fighting many battles on many fronts, so let us take a moment to remember those who have perished in natural disasters or have been victims of crime or poverty.

The first half of 2018 is almost over, and we should see this as a very special opportunity to measure all the ways we have grown as a nation, as a people, as we all enjoy a safe and fulfilling holiday.

The Dhaka Tribune wishes a heartfelt Eid Mubarak to all our readers.