Hajj Message from Hon. A.J.M.Muzammil – Western Province Governor
I am delighted to send this message from the Holy City of Mecca during my pilgrimage. It is indeed a great privilege and honor to offer my greetings and good wishes from this holy soil to all those who celebrate the Hajj festival in Sri Lanka.
Hajj festival sets an example to the whole world when devotees of Islam from all parts of the world congregate to pray for world peace. Millions of Muslims from across the world converge on Islam’s holiest cities of Mecca and Medina, to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Performance of Hajj rituals is a demonstration of unity, equality and pursuit of spiritual renewal.
Let’s take this festival as an opportunity to ensure the success of social and cultural reforms made by the state to build affability among all irrespective of their religions. The message of Hajj which infuses a sense of fraternity among all is of special significance to all Sri Lankans while we are striving to achieve a lasting peace through understanding, tolerance and compromise.
The recent conference on “Peace, Harmony and Coexistence” held in Colombo, attended by Secretary General of the Muslim World League (MWL) and Chairman of the Board of the International Organization of Muslim Scholars, His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Mohammad Bin Abdulkarim Alissa, depicted the true values of all faiths, where people should live in peace, understanding, respecting one another’s traditions, cultures and faiths.
I wish to appeal to my brethren to continue to adopt patience and to conduct themselves in a manner to make members of other communities understand that Islam promotes love, friendship and peaceful co-existence with them and reject all forms of extremism. On this sacred day, I wish to request all Muslims to dedicate themselves to maintain peaceful environment and stability in the country for the greater good of the nation. Let’s join together to work for the betterment of Sri Lanka and its people.
I wish my fellow Sri Lankan Muslims a joyful Hajj festival, Eid Mubarak!