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Priest: We Get Respect Here

  A priest of the one of the mosques in the West has acknowledged the respect the Muslim community gets here compared to some other countries. Jame Masjid Lautoka Priest
21 Dec 2015 10:39
Priest: We Get Respect Here
Followers during the Prophet Mohammed Day celebration at Govind Park in Ba yesterday.

 

A priest of the one of the mosques in the West has acknowledged the respect the Muslim community gets here compared to some other countries.

Jame Masjid Lautoka Priest Musa Patel’s comments come in the midst of tension in some countries caused by activities of the terrorist group operating from Syria and Iraq and calling itself the Islamic state.

Mr Patel said it was a pity that the international media depicted terrorist attacks as linked to Muslims.

“In Fiji there are no such acts and we shall maintain that peace and harmony.

“Don’t damage the reputation of the name Muslims. We dwell in peace and harmony which is our benchmark.

“Love your nation and respect your Prime Minister, President and other Ministers and leaders,” he said.

He highlighted this as a grand celebration was put together in light of Milad-un-Nabi, or the birth of Prophet Muhammad. This celebration was according to the Islamic calenadar.

The event saw more than 2000 followers from as far as Sigatoka to Rakiraki converging at Govind Park in Ba yesterday.

It was organised by Ulama-E- Ahle Sunnat Fiji.

 

Understanding the world

Visiting maulana (respected Muslim religious leader) and international speaker from the United Kingdom, Zainul Aqtab Siddiqi, emphasised the need to understand the world first and only then can one understand the creator.

Ulama-E- Ahle Sunnat Fiji secretary Mohammed Nazim said the annual event began in 2013.

“We have seen an increase in Prophet Muhammad’s followers,” Mr Nazim said.

“This increase was possible through the humble teachings by the Prophet and the nobleness of the Prophet not only towards human beings but animals alike.

“Our religion would not have the Holy Quran if it wasn’t for the Prophet.

“The Quran was revealed to the Prophet during the month of Ramadan.”

The celebrations will continue till January 10.

Edited by: Ranoba Baoa

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