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PM encourages diversity and understanding

The celebration of the birth and life of the Prophet Muhammad serves as an opportunity to appreciate the diversity of thought we enjoy in our society. In a statement, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said the values taught by the Prophet Muhammad carried meaning for everyone irrespective of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds.    BAINIMARAMA: “Our shared identity […]

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December 12, 2016 8:07 am

The celebration of the birth and life of the Prophet Muhammad serves as an opportunity to appreciate the diversity of thought we enjoy in our society.

In a statement, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said the values taught by the Prophet Muhammad carried meaning for everyone irrespective of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds.   

BAINIMARAMA: “Our shared identity as Fijians transcends religious boundaries, and it is a personal point of pride for me as Prime Minister that we so openly embrace the festivities of our fellow Fijians.”

The PM urged communities to “live out the virtues of unity, understanding, peace, justice and equality.”

BAINIMARAMA: “Fiji’s progress can be measured by the care and compassion we show our fellow Fijians. If we keep sight of that – if we deepen the bonds that exist between us – we will continue to advance our nation and our people towards a brighter future.”

Ro Kepa extends wishes on Prophet Mohammed’s birthday

December 11 – The Leader of Opposition has extended her well wishes on the eve of the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday in Fiji.

Fiji’s public holiday for the Prophet’s birthday this year is on Monday, December 12.

In a statement, Hon. Ro Temumu Kepa said Prophet Muhammad’s teachings and values had guided millions of Muslims around the world and promoted the importance of love and mercy for one another.

RO KEPA: “As we usher in the 21st century, living in a society rich in tradition, culture and faith, we as Fijians can learn from the teachings of Prophet Muhammad. We must take heed of the teachings of the Prophet and those of our own faith to actualize the dream of unity, love, and religious tolerance.”

Hon Ro Kepa also called for prayers for the lives of those in the Middle East who encounter “the atrocities of terrorism and war and those who are being denied the right to live a happy life and are subjected to torture and ill-treatment around the world.”

Sunni Muslims observe the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi’ al-awwal, while Shi’a Muslims mark it on the 17th of this month.

Muhammed is believed to be the last prophet and was born in Mecca, Egypt.

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