A message from the Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, QC, MP, Prime Minister to mark the beginning of Ramadam 2021 in Barbados
At sundown right this moment, April 13, 2021, as members of the Barbadian Muslim religion be part of the worldwide neighborhood to have fun the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, I’m positive on the forefront of your minds should be the state of our world after greater than a yr of battling COVID-19.
Sure, as a world neighborhood, we now have come a good distance since final April. One yr in the past, our anxieties had been fueled by COVID’S unknowns. We watched what has lengthy morphed right into a pandemic from a distance because it trekked a not-so-slow path throughout Asia and Europe, with ever rising tensions within the Americas.
One yr later, our concern is not the unknown, however whether or not our world has been sensible sufficient to soak up and perceive what needs to be the plain classes from this pandemic that has taken nearly three million lives and stricken practically 134 million thus far.
Maybe, Ramadan gives us all, not simply Muslims, with an opportune second to pause and concentrate on the values of this season — values which, if noticed, will little question make for a greater world, a kinder world.
A world that takes significantly compassion, gratitude and generosity, significantly at the moment when communities are devastated, not simply the ill-health that comes from the virus, however the financial catastrophe with which so many are grappling day by day.
And these are classes that aren’t only for peculiar residents — however particularly our leaders. The patterns of latest months, characterised by spikes and falls, variants and mutations, lockdowns and eases, make it clear that eradication stays a distant aim. Even the hopes and guarantees
supplied by vaccines will imply little or no if our world doesn’t work collectively. So long as only one nook of this globe stays weak, then the world as an entire will stay in danger.
At this time, due to this fact, as I want Muslims in Barbados a blessed and peaceable holy month, I invite all of us to mirror on these values as we attempt for a greater life for everybody.
And should we additionally apply them as we consider our neighbours in St. Vincent and the Grenadines as they stay beneath the load of an lively La Soufriere volcano.