‘Madina Charter’ by Prophet Muhammad, a source for answers to many of today’s questions – President

‘Madina Charter’ by Prophet Muhammad, a source for answers to many of today’s questions – President

“In today’s globalized world, the ‘Madina Charter’, written and promulgated by Prophet Muhammad for the pluralistic society can be a source for answers to many of today’s questions, presenting approaches to solving and preventing conflicts between groups based on differences in culture and belief”, says President Maithripala Sirisena.

Issuing of a message on the occasion of Meelad-un-Nabi, the birth of Prophet Muhammad, the President stated that the Medina Charter shows that Islam rejects the use of compulsion and force in religion and, has been demonstrated over centuries of human existence, that the most effective way to resolve conflicts is through mediation. “It guaranteed the safety and welfare of all the communities and promoted reconciliation with all the communities”, he said.

Following is the message issued by President Sirisena;

I am pleased to send this message of greetings on the occasion of Meelad-un-Nabi, the birth of Prophet Muhammad, celebrated with much reverence by the followers of Islam in Sri Lanka and their brethren in faith the world over.
This day of significance for the followers of Islam draws attention to the teachings of the Holy Prophet that lays emphasis on peace and harmony, which led to the building of important religious and cultural traditions.

In today’s globalized world, the ‘Madina Charter’, written and promulgated by Prophet Muhammad for the pluralistic society can be a source for answers to many of today’s questions, presenting approaches to solving and preventing conflicts between groups based on differences in culture and belief.

I wish to point out that the Medina Charter shows that Islam rejects the use of compulsion and force in religion and, has been demonstrated over centuries of human existence, that the most effective way to resolve conflicts is through mediation. It guaranteed the safety and welfare of all the communities and promoted reconciliation with all the communities.

Islam seeks to guide humanity on the right path of brotherhood, mutual understanding, cooperation and tolerance. I trust those who follow the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, in Sri Lanka, can make a significant contribution to building a nation rich in tolerance, understanding and reconciliation, which will strengthen the efforts to take the country on the forward march to progress.

I wish you all a happy Meelad-un-Nabi!

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