As we bid farewell to the holy month of Ramadan—a time when every believer is reminded to practice deeds of compassion, charity, forgiveness, reconciliation, and detachment from worldly greed—the three days of Eid-ul-Fitr is a time of both reflection on those deeds and celebration of festivities. In this light, I wish the Muslim community in Sri Lanka, my compatriots at home and abroad, as well as anyone celebrating—a blessed, joyful, and peaceful Eid-ul-Fitr.
In Afghanistan, there is no better and greater opportunity than Eid-ul-Fitr for a humanitarian ceasefire, which should usher in the start of the national reconciliation process. The people of Afghanistan have suffered from decades of imposed conflicts, as our beautiful homeland has seen much destruction. That is why peace is now the desire of every Afghan and the end of war their ultimate dream.
With such broad consensus in the Afghan society and polity, more bloodshed and destruction, which have characterized the recent weeks and months, must end. This is consistent with the steady peace efforts of the Afghan government and repeated calls from the United Nations Secretary-General, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, international Ulema leaders, Afghanistan’s friends and partners in the region and around the world.
Indeed, without an end to senseless violence, it is hard to imagine how the spread of the deadly COVID-19 could be contained and mitigated, which I discussed in a recent article on “A Ceasefire for Eid, Peace, and Fighting COVID-19 in Afghanistan.”
Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari