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Ratu Epeli Urges Unity, Tolerance

Muslims should stand firm in their faith, says the President of Fiji Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. He was speaking during the celebration of Prophet Muhammad’s birthday at Churchill Park in Lautoka,
06 Jan 2015 10:44
Ratu Epeli Urges Unity, Tolerance
Muslims gather for the Fiji Muslim League national Miladun-Nabi Celebration at the Churchill Park, Lautoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Muslims should stand firm in their faith, says the President of Fiji Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. He was speaking during the celebration of Prophet Muhammad’s birthday at Churchill Park in Lautoka, yesterday.

Ratu Epeli Nailatikau praised the contributions of the Muslim community to the development of Fiji and encouraged them to maintain their beliefs.

“I encourage all you believers of Islam to stand firm in your faith and may your effort be an integral component of a true united Fiji.

“I also encourage you to continue to pursue and cultivate the high sense of being and in the process to facilitate your understanding and tolerance of each other and of other communities,” he said.

Ratu Epeli said that Fiji should learn from other countries.

“In the process of modernising our country we must learn from other countries and in doing so we must make every effort in unity as a community that is able to co-exist now and into the future,” he said.

The President acknowledged the important role of mentoring younger members of the Fijian Muslim community.

“I acknowledge the Muslim community for their contribution towards the development of the country; you have not only established Islam in Fiji but you have also ensured that the proper teaching of Prophet Muhammad is being passed on to another generation.

“I have no doubt that this will continue to be passed on by your children,” he said.

Fiji Muslim League president, Haji Hafizud Dean Khan said that Muslims should take pride in their religion and not be ashamed.

“Do not apologise for being a Muslim there is no need to apologise for being a Muslim because we are all members of a faith that believes in peace.

“We are very fortunate and privileged in being allowed, a very minority group, to have a special holiday for this auspicious event,” he said. Mr Khan said that they cherished being allowed to celebrate in Fiji.

“We cherish the fact that we are very special in this country because we co-exist so peacefully and having loving neighbours from all races and religions in this beautiful country.

“I would like to thank the Government and the people of Fiji for this,”he said

 

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