Message of peace and unity

THE Eid Mela at Lautoka’s carnival ground yesterday involved members of different religions and cultures bringing to life the Islamic message of peace and unity.

Priests from the Ulama-e-Ahle Sunnat Fiji, Lautoka Jame Masjid, Maururu Masjid in Ba and students of the Madarsa Anwar Ululuna led the celebrations of goodwill and prayers to mark the end of Eid Mubarak.

“Eid is a day of happiness and we always want to express and celebrate our happiness with other people,” said event co-ordinator Mohammed Hazim.

“We want to sing our praises and thanks to our prophet and by having our teachers, priests and scholar hear to speak about our message of peace brings our celebrations full circle because we have all of these aspects to mark the event.

“We also want to show the other members of our community how we celebrate this occasion and we want them to be a part of it.”

Mr Hazim said establishing a good relationship with other religions and cultures was an important aspect of Islam.

“We believe that we can’t be a true Muslim if we don’t love the country that we live in, the people that we call our neighbours and if we don’t help those that need help.

“So we wouldn’t be true to our faith if we don’t love or if we don’t spread the message of peace.”