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Sri Lanka PM urges the Muslim faithful to be vigilant about extremism

Published Jun 06, 2019
Updated Apr 14, 2020

Sri Lanka Prime Minister extending his wishes to the Muslims in the country celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr today said the Ramadan is an occasion to celebrate the true spirit of Islam and urged the faithful to be vigilant about extremism, which seeks to stain the name of their great religion.

In his message on the occasion, the Prime Minister said the true spirit of Islam Islam is a faith that stresses the brotherhood and equality of all people and it is far from the “despicable, hateful creed” of those who killed so many innocents in the recent Easter Sunday attacks.

Full text of Prime Minister’s Eid-UI Fitr message:

The annual observance of Ramazan is of profound significance to Muslims everywhere. It centers around the spirituality, humanistic ideals and social principles that lie at the heart of Islam. These are the values that have guided the Sri Lankan Muslim community, which has long been an integral part of our nation.

Today, Muslims celebrate the festival of Eid ul-Fitr after a month of fasting, with the sighting of the crescent new moon. May the sense of gratitude, generosity and charity associated with the event inspire us all to find meaning in higher ideals.

This is an occasion to celebrate the true spirit of Islam. It is a faith that stresses the brotherhood and equality of all people. It is far from the despicable, hateful creed of those who killed so many innocents in the recent Easter Sunday attacks. I urge the faithful to be vigilant about extremism, which seeks to stain the name of their great religion.

Let us all live in solidarity so that our motherland can rise to greater heights. Together, we must usher in a society where liberty, equality and human dignity prevail. May the blessings of this Eid bring peace and happiness to all Muslims in Sri Lanka and across the world!