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Aug 31, 2011 6:45:39 AM - itnnews.lk

Muslims the world over celebrate Eid ul-Fitr festival today wishing a peaceful and prosperous future.

All Muslims joined in celebrating “Eid ul-Fitr which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Islamic devotees visited the Mosques and joined in the offering of prayers. The festival began with the sighting of the new moon. Eid is also a time of forgiveness and making amends. Visits are made to relatives and funds are given to charity to be used to help poor people buy new clothes and food so that they too can celebrate the festival.

In a message to mark Ramalan, President Rajapaksa said he highly appreciated the contribution made by the Muslim community to build a new Sri Lanka. The Muslims in Sri Lanka have been living in harmony with other ethnic and religious communities through the long history of the country. In doing so, the President noted that they have held the guidance provided by Islam in high esteem. Muslims from every corner of the country are free to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr today. The President added that in keeping with the teachings of Islam, they should unite as one nation to achieve prosperity.
Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne in another message said Eid-ul-Fitr day is an opportunity to perform duties and responsibilities to promote friendship and goodwill. He said it should be remembered that the festival day is also an opportunity to perform duties and responsibilities and promote friendship and goodwill.