Written by Staff Writer
06 Oct, 2014 | 8:20 am
Muslims in Sri Lanka mark Hajj, also known as Eid-al-Adha, today.
Issuing a statement to mark the festival, President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the teachings of the Holy Quran have given the Muslims of Sri Lanka the ability to live in harmony with other communities in our country, through many centuries, as they continue to do so today. This spirit of harmony nurtured by their religious teaching, has enabled them to make a significant contribution to the progress of the country.
Issuing a statement to mark Hajj, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that the Hajj festival symbolises donation.
He noted that Muslims spend their hard-earned money to go on pilgrimage to Mecca and manifest their devotion to God, adding that it is recorded in Islam that this festival where devotees get together without ethnic, caste or colour divisions, should be treated as a world conference.
Prime Minister D.M.Jayarathna issuing a message of greetings for the Hajj festival said that Hadji festival can be considered as a living pilgrimage that establishes many noble virtue such as unity, co-operation, brotherhood, patience and sacrifice in the society, .
He has also emphasised that this isle, spearheads as Sri Lankan community irrespective of the differences of race, creed, cast, party and colour, is an example to the entire world.
Meanwhile, today, October 6 has been declared a special public and bank holiday in view of the Hajj festival.
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