President M Abdul Hamid on Monday urged the rich people of the society to stand by the poor as their level best in this tough time triggered by the coronavirus pandemic and super cyclone ‘Amphan’ that hit Bangladesh coastlines recently.
In his speech on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, the greatest religious festival of Muslim Ummah, the President said, “In times of disaster, I urge rich and affluent people to stand by the poor and recently cyclone-affected people in south-western region of the country.”He expressed his profound sorrow and sympathy at the loss of lives due to COVID-19 outbreak as well as damages from the cyclone ‘Apmhan’ and also prayed for the early recovery of the victims.
The head of the state called upon countrymen to celebrate Eid festival maintaining health rules and social distancing with utmost caution.
“The Eid-ul-Fitr of this year is being celebrated in a different situation due to outbreak of COVID-19 . . . So stay sound and try to keep others well,” he added.
Referring to prevailing lethal coronavirus outbreak, the President said, “Bangladesh is celebrating Eid at the time, when the world is plagued by the deadly COVID-19 virus. Besides, the coronavirus infection is on the rise throughout the country. At this time, it is very important to perform proper normal duties to prevent any virus like situation.”
While enjoying Eid, Abdul Hamid advised countrymen not to do anything that could bring danger to ourselves and others and follow the health rules and encourage others to pursue the hygienic rules as well.
The President said, “Eid-ul-Fitr is one of the main religious festivals of the Muslim. 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 villages, Bengal and in the whole world,”He said the city dwellers return to their beloved kith and kin in their respective village homes while the people irrespective of their classes and professions offer prayers standing side by side and share the joys with each other.
“The Eid develops bond of harmony, amity and unity among all . . . Let the teaching of Eid-ul- Fitr spread among all and help build prosperous Bangladesh,” the President said.
He said Islam is a religion of peace and welfare and “there is no place for hatred, violence and localism in Islam. It upholds the spirit of human values, mutual coexistence, absolute tolerance and equality”.
The head of the state asked all to spread the novel message and ideals of the Islam amongst all.
“Let the underlying meaning of Islam spread as guide to the liberation of humanity . . . May the world be filled with peace and amity,” hoped the President.