Prime Minister, CIOG urge unity on Youman Nabi
The Central Islamic Organisation (CIOG) on Thursday held its Youman Nabi Service at the Anna Catherina Mosque, West Coast Demerara (WCD).
Attending the event was Prime Minister Brigadier (ret’d) Mark Phillips who encouraged citizens to be more tolerant of each other.
“We are encouraged to look at what unites us over what divides us,” he told those gathered at the Mosque.
“Throughout his life, the prophet led a life of righteousness, kindness, brotherhood and unity. These lessons are universal and timeless, offering solutions to conflicts and issues that we face today,” the Prime Minister added.
Youman Nabi marks both the birth and death anniversaries of Islam’s Holy Prophet Mohammad, whose teachings surround peace and togetherness.
Head of the Muslim organisation, Sheikh Moen Ul Hack, in keeping with the Prophet’s teachings said his organisation and the 150 mosques in the country will work with the Government to end racism in Guyana.
“His [prophet Mohammad] message is one of peace, love and brotherhood,” he stated.
He spoke of several social issues which exist noting that they all go against the teachings of Islam.
The Muslim leader said respect for every person also means respecting women –stopping sexual, domestic and all forms of violence against women –protecting children, ensuring there is morality in every profession and treating all with dignity.
“The way you treat the children of others today, that is how the next generation will treat yours,” he told those gathered.
The event also saw address from Minister within the Ministry of Public Works Deodat Indar, Minister of Human Services and Social Security Vindhya Persaud, Minister of Culture Youth and Sport Charles Ramson Jnr. and activities from several members of the Muslim community.