Muslims in Fiji are very fortunate, says Khan

Imam Haji Hafiz Musa Patel (4th from right) pass on good wishes to the devotees after the prayer at Jame Masjid in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

MUSLIMS in Fiji are fortunate to live in a country where their faith, culture and traditions are respected by all ethnic groups and religious organisations.

This was the sentiment shared by Fiji Muslim League Lautoka Branch president Mohammed Naved Khan as the faithful in the Sugar City celebrated Eid-al Fitr yesterday.

“In a world where Islam is not looked upon very positively, we are very fortunate to live in a country where we are respected in every way,” Mr Khan said.

“We receive nothing but respect from other religions and cultures and this makes Fiji very unique.

“Whenever people post some negative comments on social media, people of other ethnic groups are very quick to defend us and this is a sign of the respect that people have towards us in this country.”

Mr Khan said that money collected by the organisation — called the Zakat Fund — has been utilised to assist the impoverished and needy.

“We identify those who are in real need, verify their economic situation and then assist them financially by using this fund.

“This has been a huge success story for us this year.”

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