I would like to extend my warmest wishes to the Muslim community in New Zealand as you celebrate Eid Al Fitr.
I join all New Zealand Muslims and Muslims around the globe in recognising Eid and expressing thanks to Almighty Allah by distributing alms and gifts among the poor, the needy, children and loved ones and offering special prayers for peace and harmony around the world.
New Zealand prides itself of good relations between communities, placing great value on human rights and dignity.
However, this Eid will be a somber occasion for many because of the worst floods in Pakistan’s history, which has hit at least 16 million people.
I also urge them to support international efforts to mobiles aid and assistance in this time of crisis.rom the Pakistani communities for international aid and assistance in this time of crisis by this country, with its proud record of providing assistance to those in need.’
The Labour Party places great value on its relationship with the Muslim community.
It is committed to promoting an environment in which people of varied ethnicities who make up New Zealand can live together in harmony.
The New Zealand Muslim community is made up of people from a vast array of ethnicities and contributes much to our society.
The end of the Holy Month of Ramadan is one of the most joyous times in the Muslim calendar. I trust that both your festivity and generosity will bring you much joy and satisfaction. The spirit of Eid is for all of us to share.
Dr Ashraf Choudhary is Member of Parliament on Labour List and the Party’s Associate Spokesman for Ethnic Affairs.