SUNCITY

Prayers Offered For Our Soldiers

Religious organisations in Fiji believe no matter what the fate of our peacekeepers in Syria is, our communities will rise above it and continue to live in harmony. While condemning
08 Sep 2014 08:54
Prayers Offered For Our Soldiers
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (right) with Corrections Service Commissioner Commander Francis Kean at the commissioning of the new chapel on Friday, October 15, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Religious organisations in Fiji believe no matter what the fate of our peacekeepers in Syria is, our communities will rise above it and continue to live in harmony.

While condemning former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka for comments he made that Fiji’s Muslim population could face a backlash if detained Fijian peacekeepers were harmed in the Golan Heights, these organisations continued to call for prayers for our peacekeepers.

Mr Rabuka has since said his comments were misinterpreted.

Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma secretary for communication and overseas mission Reverend James Bhagwan said it was important to understand the situation at the Golan Heights.

“It is important to understand the situation in Syria because it is not a religious issue, but a political matter,” Rev Bhagwan said.

“The forces in Golan Heights are playing their role under the United Nations; its not a Christian versus Muslim issue,” he said.  The churches have been holding prayer vigils for the 45 peacekeepers since they were detained a week ago.

Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji echoed similar comments.

“The Sabha believes that Mr Rabuka has taken a cheap political shot by equating Muslims in Fiji with those in Syria and belonging to the al-Nusra Front. His statements need to be condemned in the strongest term possible,” Sabha media relations officer Kamlesh Arya said.

“Muslims in Fiji are law abiding, a peaceful community and an important component of the Fijian society.”

Feedback: farisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj



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