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Monday, 12 December 2016 - 7:40
Milad-un-Nabi emphasizes on peace and harmony- President Sirisena


The Milad-un-Nabi is celebrated with religious fervor across the world today.

In his message for the historical moment of the birth of Prophet Mohammad President Maithripala Sirisena said that this is an occasion for the people to draw attention to the teachings of the Prophet that lays emphasis on peace and harmony, which is the foundation for national unity and coexistence that reflects highly among multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-ethnic societies herein Sri Lanka.

He added, “The Prophet’s own treatment with his bitterest enemies is the noblest example for his followers. At the conquest of Mecca, he stood at the zenith of his power. He proclaimed, “I trample under my feet all distinctions between man and man, all hatred between man and man.” The principles of universal brotherhood and doctrine of the equality of mankind which he proclaimed represents one very great contribution of Prophet Mohammad to the social uplift of humanity.

“Recovering after 30 years of ethnic strife, we are, now progressing in the path of democracy and good governance. We have initiated a reconciliation process to ensure peace and harmony among the people in accordance with the teachings of Prophet Mohammed as well as all other religious leaders.

“Tolerance, mutual understanding as well as cooperation among each and every religious group will contribute to uplift the Sri Lankan nation as a developed country. To speed up our progress towards this worthy goal, Milad-un-Nabi celebration will provide us an excellent opportunity as it is an occasion for strengthening peace and community harmony.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Prophet Mohamed, recognized as the last Prophet of Islam, practiced a religious path of peace and encouraged his adherents to do the same.

“Followers of Islam believe that until he was called to serve God at the age of 40, he lived a life of piety and dignity.

“He brought peace and unity to Medina, torn apart by tribal warfare and dissention, encouraging his people to pursue peace and fellowship, engaging in a path of giving and selfless commitment towards others.

“The celebration of the Holy Prophet’s Birthday is therefore an occasion to recall the spirit of peace and harmony with which The Prophet preached for 23 years; today, it inspires Muslims and others towards living the kind of lives that honour Islam’s principles of communion and love towards fellow mankind.”

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