Muslims across the world celebrate Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) birthday today during this month of Rabi Al-Awwal. It is a date for reflection, and for the reverence and love that more than a billion Muslims share for their “last and final messenger, and a guide and light for all humanity till eternity” as is written in the Holy Quran.
Muslims in Sri Lanka trace their roots back to the 7th century, and form an inherent part of the fabric that is the culture and heritage of Sri Lanka. They have lived as brothers and sisters with all the communities of our country for over a thousand years, and have a unique Sri Lankan identity which is found nowhere else in the world. Despite the attempts by a few extremist elements to damage this bond in recent times, it is heartening to see that muslims in Sri Lanka have shown that their love for their country and the other communities have always come first.
Sri Lanka is going through an unprecedented and challenging time. The Covid-19 pandemic has overturned much of what we took for granted in our daily lives, and has caused hardship to many. There is much to learn from Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) way of life. He taught the importance of love, mercy, humility, charity and of brotherhood towards your fellow man in times of adversity. In his words, “The best among you are those who bring greatest benefits to many others”. These lessons are important now more than ever, as we must all work together to uplift humanity and our nation in these testing times.
On this special day, I wish you the warmest wishes for a blessed and peaceful Milad un-Nabi.
M.U.M. Ali Sabry, P.C
Minister of Justice