Muslims stood with the majority community in defeating terrorism -
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday opened
the new building of the Al- Kabeer Grand Jumma Mosque in Nuwara Eliya as
the first Sri Lankan President to open a mosque and the first non-
Islamic leader in the world to open a mosque. He opened the mosque after
receiving the blessings of Buddhist monks at the Nuwara Eliya Buddhist
Centre in the morning. The President also offered a gold plated Buddha
statue and atapirikara to the chief incumbent of the Buddhist Centre .
All communities in Sri Lanka stand in togetherness today in the face
of attempts by several international forces to divide nations, President
Mahinda Rajapaksa said. He made this observation at the opening ceremony
of a new building at Al- Kabeer Grand Jumma Mosque, Nuwara Eliya
President Rajapaksa said the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities
have been living in Sri Lanka for a long period and these communities
came forward in unison to defeat terrorism in the country. He said all
these communities got together with one vision to eliminate terrorism as
they love the nation.
He added that the Muslim community too stood shoulder to shoulder
with their their Sinhala brethren to defeat the scourge of terrorism.
President Rajapaksa said one cannot become a genuine Muslim by just
constructing mosques. “This could only be done by following the
philosophy preached by the Prophet.”
President Rajapaksa said while the Prophet preached that all on earth
are equal, the Buddha preached there cannot be any difference among
humans. He said God will not look at the assets that one accumulates but
would consider the purity of one’s heart.
He said one should purify one’s heart by leading a just life.
The President said he always focused on the needs of the Muslim
community in Sri Lanka and would not allow a repeat of the Kattankudi
President Rajapaksa also said he intervened to take measures to
broadcast Islamic observances five times daily. President Rajapaksa
addressed the gathering in both Sinhala and Tamil.
The construction of the new building was funded by Alhaj Maryam
Faleel. President Rajapaksa also planted a sapling at the mosque
Private Transport Minister C B Ratnayake, Minister Navin Dissanayake,
MPs A HM Azwer and Sri Ranga, Nuwara Eliya Mayor Mahinda Kumar and
Deputy Mayor Tissa Seneviratne also participated.