- - Sunday, May 10, 2020

Ramazan (Ramadan in Turkish) is a time of extending a hand of mercy and compassion to those in need. During these very difficult times, we, the Turkish-American community, have been showing just such compassion to our health care providers, first responders and food pantries.

Ramazan provides American Muslims a time to focus on faith and practice God’s commands through fasting, prayer, self-discipline and charity. God reminds us that we cannot be comfortable with food while our neighbors are in need. This month, we continue to remind ourselves that the essence of life is love, and we renew our lives and our commitment to honesty, integrity and compassion.

As the world continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic, an invisible enemy to all of humanity, we wish safety and good health to all — and we say thank you once again to our health care workers. You have become our heroes.

IBRAHIM KURTULUS

Staten Island, N.Y.



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