Will ensure that poor mothers and fathers will visit Mecca – President Rajapaksa

Will ensure that poor mothers and fathers will visit Mecca – President Rajapaksa

Written by Staff Writer

28 Oct, 2014 | 8:00 pm

President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited Trincomalee on Tuesday.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited the Agrabodhi Viharaya in Kantale on Tuesday and participated in religious observances.The President also visited the Chief Incumbent, Venerable Yatawara Pangnyarathana Thero and inquired into his well being.

The President attended several events in Trincomalee on Tuesday. Addressing the people at one of these events, the President said that he would arrange for every Muslim in the country to make the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lifetime.

The President further stated:

[quote]Cast aside all divisions and join hands as one nation and one country. I believe that we must all work together while never forgetting that Sri Lanka is our motherland. At the same time, I also recently looked at the people who were traveling to Mecca. The wealthy make the pilgrimage 100 times. Even when they are old, they go to Mecca. Some people do not have the opportunity because they do not have the money. I wish to note at this occasion that in the future, I will make arrangements to ensure that the poor mothers and fathers will get the opportunity to make the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once.[/quote]

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