800 gather to celebrate the Prophet’s birthday

Sunni Muslim believers celebrate Prophet Mohammed's birthday. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

THE celebration of Prophet Mohammed’s birthday signifies the importance of upholding the principles and values of life, says UK-based Islamic scholar and barrister Sheik Zain-Ul-Aqtab Siddiqi.

He told about 800 Sunni Muslim followers at the Vanua Levu Muslim League headquarters in Labasa yesterday that values such as love, kindness, caring and helping one another should be the attitude of the human race.

“Prophet Mohammed lives in the hearts of more than a billion people on this planet whose lifestyle has changed people,” he said.

“His lifestyle is a precedent for a life harmonious to nature, harmonious with the environment and harmonious with the creation of the human race.

“We celebrate to endorse and resuscitate the relationship which every heart has with the Prophet himself although he lived 1400 years ago, we easily get involved with the hustle and bustle of life.”

Mr Siddiqi said the principles of life which Prophet Mohammed lived should encourage everyone to become better and enlightened people of Fiji.

“The base of one’s life must be upon principles of humanity and upon one that constructs a relationship with God and one that engages with the principles,” he said.

“One cannot envisage a relationship with God when one violates the principles. So Prophet Mohammed’s message to us is come back to the values and strengthen the values of life. “We need to come back to the core values such as love, care, respect, piety and simplicity and even looking after a land as beautiful as Fiji. It is also our duty to look after our motherland.” The league’s president, Bashir Khan, said the celebration was a special event that reunited communities of different ethnic backgrounds. “All races of people from different backgrounds come together to share the feast we have in honour of Prophet Mohammed.”

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