The Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council (EIASC) has called on the Muslim community to join hands with non-Muslim brothers and sisters to uphold the age-old peace of the country and pray to the nation overcome challenges it has been encountering.
Muslims across the world will mark the 1494th observance of the Birthday of Prophet Muhammad (Mawlid) tomorrow. In a message he delivered in connection with Mawlid, Council President Mufti Hajji Omar Idris said that religious festivities have laid the foundations for peace, tolerance and coexistence in the country, besides their religious values.
Mufti Omar stated that the continuity of communal observation of religious festivities should be sustained so as to address conflicts among people with different backgrounds. Beyond serving as places of religious teachings, such festivities would enable the public to discuss about their livelihood and this would help in sustaining the age-old peace of the country, the President elaborated.
He noted that the presence of followers of other religions at Mawlid ceremony shows the huge importance the event has for sustaining the long cherished value of tolerance and mutual existence of the society.
Concerning reestablishments of regional Islamic councils, the President said that the new leadership has been executing meticulous efforts to reform councils taking in to account the interest of the faithful. Accordingly, the Supreme Council thus far has reestablished Islamic councils in Addis Ababa, Oromia and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ State.
Noting that some interest groups have been engaged in changing regional Islamic councils arbitrary, the Mufti called on those individuals and groups refrain from such disobedience. The 1494th Mawlid will be marked in the Anwar Grand Mosque in Addis Ababa.
The Ethiopian Herald, November 8/2019