Prime Minister Scott Morrison has used an Eid message to thank Australia’s Muslim community for making sacrifices during this year’s coronavirus-affected Ramadan.
Ramadan this year, because of COVID-19, has been noticeably different to previous years, with the pandemic and social distancing measures shutting mosques and stopping prayer gatherings.
Eid, which marks the end of Ramadan and begins on Sunday, usually involves community gatherings and celebrations.
“Australian Muslims, like all Australians, have made great sacrifices in recent times,” Mr Morrison said in his video message on Friday.
“You have willingly done this and so much more to protect each other, demonstrating the love of faith through sacrifice.”
Mr Morrison said while Eid would be different this year, its core values remain the same.
“The message of Eid and indeed my message to you has not changed – it is one of hope,” he said.
Mr Morrison also used the message to say while Australia was “winning against this awful virus” it was vital Australians of all faiths “stick together” and follow health advice.
He also urged the Muslim community to download the “all-important” COVIDSafe tracing app.
“If you haven’t done so, please do it this Eid”.
Ending his message, Mr Morrison thanked Muslim leaders for the “great example” they have set in their leadership of the community.
“You have helped and are helping and I know you will continue to. You are making a difference,” he said.
“I hope the festival of Eid, with the virtues of fellowship and family and community and generosity at its core will both encourage you and your family and your community and sustain you for the challenging times ahead.
“I offer everyone in Australia’s Muslim community my deep gratitude for everything you contribute to Australia each and every day, what you’ve brought to Australia.”
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