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Muslims reminded of teachings

Ana Madigibuli
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

CHIEF Justice Anthony Gates highlighted the importance of Prophet Mohammed's teaching during celebrations to mark the prophet's birthday at the Fazal e Umar Mosque in Samabula yesterday.

Justice Gates said the study of the life of the holy prophet would provide guidance on the strength and tolerance that civil and religious leadership must bring to bear to cool passions and reassure their people.

"I see that the motto of the Jama'at is 'love for all hatred for none', it does not say 'love for all Muslims and hatred for no other sects of Muslims," Mr Gates said.

"I read it to mean that the love is to extend to all — that is Muslims and non Muslims alike."

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at Fiji National president Maulana Fazal Ullah Tariq said the celebration was not meant to celebrate the birth of Prophet Mohammed and was not an ordinary religious event but rather an educational event.

Mr Tariq said the event was held every year to spread awareness and to familiarise people and educate Muslims and non-Muslims on the life of the prophet.

"It is held to acquaint people with the holy prophet's grandeur and status," Mr Tariq said.

"It is a day on which the world would become aware of the life of the holy prophet and his most beautiful qualities.

"Also everyone, young and old, would become aware of the great favours that God showed to mankind through the holy prophet."


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