Message from President Nelson Mandela on the occasion of Eid-Ul-Fitr 1999

19 January 1999

It is my privilege and pleasure to convey on behalf of the Government good wishes to Muslims in our country and the world-over on the joyous occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr at the conclusion of Ramadaan.

Muslims throughout the world have been fasting daily from dawn to sunset. I am confident that you have emerged from this period of abstinence spiritually rejuvenated and fortified.

Fasting is a trial of physical endurance. It helps build discipline and patience and is a time for deep reflection. But it is also a means of developing empathy for the poor and destitute. It's a bridge by which Muslims can reach out to the needy in all communities.

Ramadaan and the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr affords Muslims a unique opportunity to strengthen bonds of friendship and family ties among themselves and with their fellow South Africans. As you celebrate Eid together, I urge you to use the qualifies you have strengthened during Ramadaan to help build a better life for all. Let us all re-commit themselves to fight criminality, promote development, spread justice and create jobs for the unemployed.

May I take this opportunity of wishing you Eid Mubarak and a prosperous future in our democracy.

Source: Nelson Mandela Foundation