President seeks Muslim support for reconciliation

Maithripala SirisenaPresident Maithripala Sirisena today sought the support of the Muslim community for the reconciliation process.

In a message to mark Meelad-un-Nabi, the birth of Prophet Muhammad, the President said the day is of significance for the followers of Islam and draws attention to the teachings of the Holy Prophet that lays emphasis on peace and harmony, which led to the building of important religious and cultural traditions.

He said that in today’s globalized world, the ‘Madina Charter’, written and promulgated by Prophet Muhammad for the pluralistic society can be a source for answers to many of today’s questions, presenting approaches to solving and preventing conflicts between groups based on differences in culture and belief.

“I wish to point out that the Medina Charter shows that Islam rejects the use of compulsion and force in religion and, has been demonstrated over centuries of human existence, that the most effective way to resolve conflicts is through mediation. It guaranteed the safety and welfare of all the communities and promoted reconciliation with all the communities,” he said.

The President said that Islam seeks to guide humanity on the right path of brotherhood, mutual understanding, cooperation and tolerance.

“I trust those who follow the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, 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,” the President added. (Colombo Gazette)

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