SINGAPORE -The Muslim community marked the past month of Ramadan with acts of quiet devotion and charity, and this should continue into future years so as to build an "even better and more endearing home", said Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim on Tuesday (July 5).
In his Hari Raya Aidilfitri message - in a statement from his office- he reflected on the many contributions to the Singapore society by local and foreign Muslims.
"I see many volunteers, including those from the foreign communities, working diligently to prepare for the breaking of fast - in our mosques, void decks and other places," said Dr Yaacob, who is also Minister for Communications and Information.
"I see young people doing their best to bring a smile to the faces of the less fortunate ... I am enriched by their gifts of gratitude and joy."
He also noted how foreign workers here helped to raise funds to give back to the community, despite their small salaries. He said: "I am forever thankful to the foreign Muslim communities for enriching our religious life."
He urged the Muslim community to continue striving towards "a society full of compassion and hope".
He added that the community plays an important role in building a Singapore society that is cohesive, caring and vibrant, and that it is "our responsibility to continue writing this story - to build an even better and more endearing home for future generations to come".