COLOMBO : For the Muslim community, the start of the Islamic New Year, also known as the Hijri New Year or Muharram, is a momentous occasion because it heralds a period of introspection, rebirth, and spiritual regeneration. Muslims observe the Hijra (migration) of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) from Mecca to Medina on this day, which has profound historical and religious significance.
Sri Lanka is proud of its unique cultural tapestry, which includes a lively Muslim community that makes significant contributions to the development and prosperity of the country. Sri Lanka is a diversified and peaceful country. All Sri Lankans have an opportunity to commemorate and appreciate the rich cultural diversity that serves as the cornerstone of our society as the Islamic New Year is observed.
I encourage Muslims and people of all faiths to practise self-reflection, gratitude, and deeds of compassion as part of holy milestone. The Islamic New Year presents an opportunity for reflection, where we can consider our successes and failings and strive to become better people both as a community and as individuals.
We are reminded of the tenacity and fortitude displayed by the Prophet Muhammad and his followers throughout the Hijra as we manage the economic and political difficulties of our day this year. In order to achieve peace, harmony, and compassion among all people, let us be motivated by their steadfast faith and resolve.
I appreciate the opportunity to send my warmest greetings to my fellow brothers and sisters and to express my expectations for a year full of spiritual progress, individual growth, and societal well-being. May this occasion bring joy, prosperity, and blessings to all, and may it encourage us to strengthen our dedication to peace, understanding, and compassion.
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