President Maithripala Sirisena issuing a message on the Birth anniversary of Prophet Mohamed, has said it is indeed an occasion to reflect on the teachings of the Prophet that helped immensely to make the world better.
The text of the message is as follows:
The teachings of the Prophet Mohamed was based on the noble concept of equality that one person is not superior or inferior to another by race, caste or colour. Every human being has equal rights, according to the Prophet.
The Prophet was opposed to exploitation of people and worked towards the freedom of the slaves. He said that the labourers should be given their remuneration even before their sweat dries away.
The way Prophet Mohamed contributed towards the human values and humanity during an era of hatred and conflict is indeed exemplary to all of us.
On this day of Birth Anniversary of Prophet Mohamed, I earnestly hope that the great vision of the Meelad-un-Nabi, which carries the message of universal love for all beings will guide all of us in our day to day endeavours.
I express my respect and well wishes to all the Islamic devotees in Sri Lanka and abroad on this important occasion.