Holding fast to Ramadan's values

Ministers, officials and religious leaders broke fast together at an iftar - or evening meal - ahead of a prayer session last night. Seen here eating some dates were (from far left) Habib Hassan Mohamed Salem Al-Attas, Imam of Ba'alwie Mosque; Pakist
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Ministers, officials and religious leaders broke fast together at an iftar - or evening meal - ahead of a prayer session last night.

Seen here eating some dates were (from far left) Habib Hassan Mohamed Salem Al-Attas, Imam of Ba'alwie Mosque; Pakistani Ambassador Nasrullah Khan; Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Defence Mohamad Maliki Osman; US Ambassador Kirk Wagar; Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim; and Qatari Ambassador Abdalla Al-Hamar. Dr Yaacob, who is also Minister-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs, spoke about the importance of fostering social cohesion and strengthening ties between countries in times of uncertainties.

Addressing dignitaries, diplomats and members of the Malay and Muslim community at the iftar - held by the US Embassy at the residence of Mr Wagar - Dr Yaacob said Ramadan is a reminder to pursue peace, uphold justice and help others facing challenges.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2016, with the headline 'Holding fast to Ramadan's values'. Print Edition | Subscribe