President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s message to mark Eid ul-Fitr festival

I am pleased to send this message of greetings to the devotees of Islam as they celebrate the festival of Eid-Ul-Fitr today.

On this important date in the Islamic calendar, the Muslim community of Sri Lanka, together with their brothers in faith the world over, marks the completion of the period of fasting and religious practice which is the most significant of the annual traditions of Islam. It is the time of rejoicing at the end of a holy month of strict religious observances, strengthening spiritual life, through prayer and sacrifice in keeping with the teaching of the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet Mohammed.

The Muslims of Sri Lanka will be glad for the opportunity to carry out the religious observances of the past month in the peace that prevails in our country, as they live in harmony with all other communities to whom this country is motherland.

This is an occasion to recall the contributions made by the Muslim community for the progress of Sri Lanka, in a culture of harmony and understanding, and to look forward to its continued participation in activities for the progress of Sri Lanka.

I wish all followers of Islam in Sri Lanka a happy Eid-Ul-Fitr.

Eid - Mubarak!

Mahinda Rajapaksa

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