President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the peace that prevails in the country is enjoyed by the Muslims in all parts of the island.
He said this in a statement today to mark Milad-Un- Nabi, the birth of Holy Prophet Mohammed.
The President said that the celebrations would be most useful in helping to build unity among people to assist in the success of the development process in the country today.
“The teachings of the Holy Prophet with emphasis on peace, harmony, tolerance and understanding are most relevant today in the context of the crises that prevail in many parts of the world that endanger peace and progress among humankind. Islam can be a source that promotes non-violence, brotherhood and mutual understanding, rejecting the terrorism that is found in many countries and instead encouraging the noble values of humanity,” the President said.
He noted that those who follow the teachings of the Holy Prophet Mohammed, in Sri Lanka, can make a significant contribution to building a nation rich in tolerance, understanding and reconciliation, which will strengthen the efforts to take the country on the forward march to progress. (Colombo Gazette)