President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the countrymen as well as the Muslims across the world on the occasion of the holy Eid-ul-Fitr, the greatest religious festivals of the Muslim Ummah, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency report.
They issued separate messages praying for continued peace, progress and prosperity of the country, the Muslim Ummah, the interfaith harmony and global peace.
“Eid-ul-Fitr is one of the main religious festivals of the Muslims. Eid-ul-Fitr brings the message of happiness after the month-long fasting and practice of self-restraint. It is a joyous day when the joy is spread out amongst all and in all parts of the Bengal and in the world,” the President said.
He said the festival promotes family and social bonding as the city dwellers return to their loved ones in villages while the people irrespective of their classes and professions offer prayers standing side by side and share the happiness with others.
“The Eid develop bond of harmony, amity and unity among all, . . . let the teaching of Eid-ul-Fitr spread among all people and build prosperous Bangladesh,” the President said.
He said Islam is a religion of peace and welfare and “there is no place for hatred-spite, violence and localism in Islam. Islam upholds the spirit of human values, mutual coexistence, absolute tolerance and equality”.
Terming Bangladesh as a country of communal harmony, he said people from all faiths are living here from the ancient period Sheikh Hasina in her message echoed the President saying the Eid promotes peace, sympathy and brotherhood.
“It ties people with the bond of equity, friendship and harmony forgetting the hatred and violent activities . . . Eid brings message of happiness to all, irrespective of rich and poor,” she said.
She expressed her hope that the practice of self-purification, restraint, amity and harmony of the Muslims in personal, family, social and state life would spread everywhere.
“Let the life of all people be filled with the happiness of the Eid,” Sheikh Hasina said and also wished happiness, peace and welfare of all people across the world.
She simultaneously prayed to Almighty Allah for continued peace, progress and development of her dearest homeland Bangladesh as well as the Muslim Ummah.