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Citizens must help resolve problems in society

Published: 
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Muslim leader at PM’s Eid dinner:

Maulana Mushtaq Ahmad Sulaimani says while it is easy for citizens to blame the Government for crime and other ills affecting the society, many fail to recognise that each citizen has a critical role to play in resolving the problems.

He said that while delivering the feature address at a special Eid ul- Fitr function hosted by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s on Sunday.

It was closed to the media.

Maulana Sulaimani said: “We are very well aware of what is going on in the country, anytime someone is commiting crime or other wrongdoing, we find it very easy and convenient to point our fingers at the Government .”

He said many in the country do that “not knowing that we as parents , we as elders, are duty-bound to educate and teach our children about character building.”

Maulana Sulaimani said: “The parents (in this country) are failing in their duties to teach the young ones what are their duties (responsibilities). We as parents, we fail in the society.”

He said this failure was taking place “despite the clear guidance (given) in the Holy Quran,” adding that

citizens “should not surrender to godlessness and reckless living .”

Maulana Sulaimani said: “We are responsible for our wrong doing (and) we must not point fingers at anybody else. We must do our homework. We must teach our children (and) we must set an example.”

Maulana Sulaimani said Rowley had signalled to the entire population “that our nation was facing many challenges and and all of us must assist in putting things right.”

He said the Prime Minister was also indicating that to make things better in T&T “we must put aside all petty differences and hold hands with each other and get the job done.”

He said T&T was still a free country where Muslims can serve Allah in comfort and without fear.

He told Muslims that their teaching indicate that in those circumstances “we must rise to the occasion.”

Maulana Sulaimani said Muslims were grateful to Rowley for treating them as equals, adding that PM Rowley has recognised them as having valuable contributions to make towards T&T’s future development.

Maulana Sulaimani said the various religious doctrines were respected in T&T and citizens must have absolute faith in the Creator.

Among those who attended the event was Point Fortin ASJA pupil, Lexi Balchan, who placed first in this year’s SEA exam.

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