Aug 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says Hajj festival is a discipline to live in peace and harmony with believers of other religions.
"The Hajj Festival provides a broad example on the bond between humans in a complicated world," President Sirisena said in his message to the Muslim community in Sri Lanka celebrating the Eid al-Adha -Haj festival today.
Full text of President's message:
The Hajj pilgrimage marks the concluding event of the compulsory religious practices of Islam. 'Hajj' means visiting a sacred place. This can be called as the global congregation of all Islam devotees bonded in peace and brotherhood.
It is a great honor to extend my felicitations on this occasion of performing Hajj religious rituals by all physically, spiritually and economically fit men and women. This marks the exemplary occasion of showcasing the transcendent relations between the humanity and divinity of Islam which is based on faith, fasting, concern for the needy, prayer and the pilgrimage or the Five Pillars of Islam. The Hajj Festival provides a broad example on the bond between humans in a complicated world.
I believe this festival which venerates God irrespective of race or the individual status of Islamic devotees coming from every nook and corner of the world, is a discipline to live in peace and harmony with believers of other religions.
I wish all Muslim devotees including those who participate in the Hajj pilgrimage centered around the Holy City of Mecca with the message of impartiality among humans and the Muslim fraternity in Sri Lanka and world over a Happy Eid-ul-Alha.