Be the light you wish to see in the world

Dear Editor,
As we celebrate the auspicious occasion of Diwali – the festival of light that overcomes darkness, and where love conquers all – we, the Guyana Islamic Forum for Education, Peace and Religious Solidarity, the Electric Mosque’s Presentation of the Teachings of Islam, in association with the Universal Peace Federation – Guyana, take this opportunity to extend heartfelt Diwali greetings to our President, His Excellency Dr. Irfaan Ali, and family; Vice President Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo; Prime Minister Brigadier Mark Phillips, Ministers within the Government, members of the Opposition, and the nation of Guyana; especially our Hindu brothers and sisters.
With the prevailing COVID-19 among us, humanity is on its knees, and hence we look forward to any occasion that would help to uplift our steadfastness and hope. The wisdom and understanding of Shree Ram’s exile and his return to his home and mother have lived through the centuries, and are forever engraved in our hearts and minds.
The meaning of this occasion is not only related to one faith, but is also symbolically important to all religions. The message of the augmentation of good, the elimination of evil, and the outpouring of human kindness and love for the earth, the universe, and humanity is prevalent in all religions. All of these facets are aimed at the common concept of a one world system in which all human beings are one.
On this occasion of Diwali, just like the diyas that bring light to our homes, let us take up the mantra of selfless service to be the light we wish to see in the world. Let us strive not only to light the lamps outside, but to be the light ourselves.
May the message of this occasion inspire us to personal introspection and restoration as we immerse our souls in the Super Soul (Universal Creator). Let us become the Divine Light that illuminates this world through the goodness of our deeds and the selflessness of our acts, in order to cultivate an inextinguishable light within us and the universe.
Shubh Diwali.

Roshan Khan