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Remarks by External Affairs Minister on the occasion of EID Reception (June 26, 2018)

June 26, 2018

Distinguished Ambassadors and High Commissioners;
Members of the Diplomatic Corps;
and Friends…

‘EID MUBARAK’ to all of you and to all my Arab brothers and sisters.

I extend to you my best wishes on the occasion of Eid ul Fitr.

The Holy month of Ramadhan has just ended. Our Muslim brothers and sisters all over the world have observed this month as the month of fasting, with a pre-dawn meal of SUHOOR and ending the fast everyday with IFTAR.

But apart from abstaining from eating and drinking, it is also a month of abstention from worldly temptations.

It is a month to practice self discipline and self control – a test of our inner strength. It is a month where one’s behavior and outlook on life are cleansed, free of materialism that surrounds us.

It is a month for sacrifice and charity, bringing out our innate empathy and selflessness towards those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

And above all, it is a month for prayers and spiritual reflection.

Excellencies and Friends,

As His Majesty the King of Jordan mentioned in his speech in April this year in New Delhi :
"It was wisely said, the world is one family.… Compassion, mercy, tolerance – these values are shared by billions of Muslims and non-Muslims around the world. And these values require us, together, to act for our common future.”

Just as His Majesty referred to One Global Family, we too in India have grown up believing that the world is indeed one family. The concept of Vasudaiva Kudumbakam is ingrained in our ethos.

India is home to one of the largest population of Muslims. Our celebrations of Eid are as diverse as our regions, languages, cuisine and traditions, as vibrant as our clothes and festivities, and as sweet as our traditional meeti sevaiyan and a host of savoury dishes.

Like any religious festival in India, whether Deepavali or Christmas or Baisakhi or Navroze or any other, Eid ul Fitr too brings together people of all faiths in India.

As long as we truly practice our faiths and, as the Holy Prophet himself said:
"None of you have faith until he loves for his brother, or for his neighbor, what he loves for himself”,

We will never allow the forces of hatred and violence come anywhere near our peoples, and disrupt our societies.

Let us therefore come together to celebrate Eid ul Fitr with our Muslim brothers and sisters across the world. Let us celebrate and pray for love, peace and happiness for all.

I would like to thank you all once again for gracing this joyous occasion and wish you all EID MUBARAK.

Thank You…

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