Prisoners celebrate Ramazan
MAHARA: One hundred Muslim inmates of the Mahara Prison
celebrated the Eid-Ul-Fitr, Ramazan festival. Muslim Registrar of
Marriages, Katheeb Jezuli Salahudeen conducted the prayers inside the
Muslim ward of the prisons.
Presidential Advisor on Media A.H.M. Azwer addressing the inmates
said President Mahinda Rajapaksa is a leader with a vision and mission.
Our duty is to support the Mahinda Chintanaya which has many
expectations as peace loving citizens, he said. "The Muslims are a
patriotic community, according to Portuguese historical sources, 5,000
Muslims laid down their lives in the Sitawaka battle under the armies of
Mayadunne", he said.
Azwer said the SLFP-UNP MoU has dawned a new era in the history of
Sri Lanka politics. The Alliance will bring many fruitful results.
He said, the political leadership of Muslim leaders led by Dr. Tuan
Burhanudeen Jayah supported the independence. This accelerated the pace
of independence," he said.
Muslims have inherited a shared legacy of trust, cordiality and
goodwill for thousands of years both the major communities, Sinhalese
and Tamils, he said.
All Ceylon Muslim League President A.L.M. Hashim PC said the inmates
should be determined to live as true Muslims with an exemplary life
after leaving the prisons.
Superintendent of the Mahara Prison Kenneth Fernando thanked the
Muslim League for organising the Ramazan festival activities for the
past sixty years without any interruption, he said. The Prisons
authorities had given priority for religious observances.
ACML Joint Secretaries Fauzul Khaled, Ismath Ghouse, National
Organiser of the Sri Lanka Muslim Media Forum F.M. Fairoos, National
Organiser of the Chief Jailor Namal Bandara, Welfare Officers H.
Samarawickrema, Chandana Hulangama, Tuan Mahmoor also participated.