Dear Muslim friends,

I rejoice with you as you celebrate ‘Id al-Fitr which concludes the month of Ramadan. May manifold blessings be granted upon you as you deepen obedience to God through fasting, dedication to prayer with the Qur’an and the practice of charity to those in need; these time-honoured means are also held dear in our Catholic tradition in order to grow in authentic love of neighbour and holiness of life.

In a world that is wrapped in the pursuit of immediate self-gratification, often to the total disregard for society, it is all the more urgent that we unite to defend and preserve the universal values of truth, justice and charity through witnessing in communities.

Over the years, both the Catholic and Muslim communities here have enjoyed cordial relations, and strong bonds of friendship have been forged between our leaders. This is something we must continue to build on and work at preserving.

It is thus encouraging to note that some of our young leaders have recently taken time out from their busy lives to go on an interfaith learning trip to China under the auspices of the Inter-Religious Organisation to promote better understanding and appreciation of each other’s faith, with hope for continued collaboration.

There is much that we can do to encourage and guide our youths to fast from self-centredness and to feast on inter-religious dialogue at different levels in order to foster greater peace, harmony and active co-operation in Singapore. May our common endeavours bear fruits in abundance.

On behalf of the Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Singapore, I would like to wish all our Muslim brethren a very happy Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Archbishop William Goh

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