PRIME Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama says the teachings of Prophet Mohammed are the bedrock of Islam and transcend societies, cultures and religion ù and are indeed the same values all Fijians hold paramount.
In an address yesterday to mark the prophet's birthday, Commodore Bainimarama said: "Remembering the day of Mohammed's birth is, therefore, a time for all Fijians to reflect upon the wisdom and guidance that faith confers upon each one of us, the responsibility that human beings have to one another, and to God.
"Universal respect for each other, regardless of our race, religion and culture is a blessing shared by all of us.
"This is a time to offer appreciation for the support Islam asks us to provide and the responsibility to advance opportunity and prosperity for people everywhere.
"This is a time to reflect within, envisioning the world we want to build ù and the changes that we want to make. This must begin in our own hearts, our own communities and be nourished by our faith." The Prime Minister said in recent weeks, Fijians have expressed their respect and care for one another "in the face of devastating weather ù giving to each other in a time of need".
"We must sustain our faith, patience and love during the months and years ahead as Fiji moves together to a new, common future," he said.
"We are all Fijians. And today, we are all united in celebrating the principles of the Islamic faith, which contributes to our communities and our country.
"Today we celebrate the birth, life and immense spiritual influence of Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him.
"Prophet Mohammed lived a life of obedience to God, and taught the universal principles we all hold close: love, unity, tolerance and respect."