DILI, 20 april 2023 (TATOLI)— The General Commissioner of Timor-Leste National Police (PNTL), Henrique da Costa, and the Deputy Commander of the PNTL, Pedro Belo, deliver a congratulation to all the Muslims in the celebration of the Eid al-Fitr 1444 Hijri.
Congratulations were delivered by PNTL High Commissioner during his visit to the An’nur mosque, Kampung-Alor, Dili.
“On behalf of the Timor-Leste Police, congratulate all Muslims in this country who will celebrate Eid al-Fitr,” Commissioner Henrique da Costa told Tatoli, at the An’nur Mosque.
Henrique hopes that the Muslim Ummah in Timor-Leste will continue to contribute to peace and tranquility in this country to achieve better development.
“I think several leaders of state institutions and the community will participate at the end of the Ramadan fasting period by celebrating Idul Fitri,” he explained.
Meanwhile, the Chairperson of the An’nur Foundation, Anwar da Costa, expressed his gratitude to the PNTL Command for the visit today to An’nur mosque.
“We also discussed the celebration of Eid al-Fitr which will be celebrated tomorrow. And the PNTL is ready to provide security for the ceremony,” he said.
At the same time, da Costa, greats all the Muslims in the country and the world during Eid al-Fitr, the date that marks the end of the fasting period of Ramadan.
“Currently the political parties are in the election campaign. I ask Muslims to continue promoting peace and contribute to the stability of the country,” said Anwar da Costa to Tatoli, at the An-Nur Mosque, in Dili.
The leader said that in connection with the Eid al-Fitr celebration, Muslims distributed groceries to families in need in Lautém, Baucau, Viqueque, Manufahi, Ainaro, and Liquiçá.
So far, Eid-al-Fitr is an Arabic word meaning ‘Festival of Breaking Fast’ which marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, and is celebrated during the first three days of Shawwāl, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. As in Islam’s other holy festival, Eid al-Adha, it is distinguished by the performance of communal prayer (salat) during daybreak on its first day.
Eid al-Fitr is a time of official receptions and private visits when friends greet one another, presents are given, new clothes are worn, and the graves of relatives are visited.
Journalist: Mirandolina Barros
Translation: Camilo de Sousa