“Fiji Muslims seen as the way Islamic faith should be,”says official

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SHAFAQNA – Muslims living in Fiji are an example to Islamic faiths around the world of how the world should be.

This was the message from Industry, Trade and Tourism Minister Faiyaz Koya as he spoke at the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday celebrations organised by the Ma’unatul Islam Association held at the Maruru Mosque in Ba yesterday.

“We are showing the world the way to be and how Fiji Muslims living side by side with people of other faiths can produce great things,” Mr Koya said.

“You have shown how Muslims of goodwill can live their faith in a positive way every day and that the world is a better place for it.”

He, however, warned the religious community and other Fijians present at the event against participation in radicalism.

“It is our moral responsibility — irrespective of what faith you belong to stand up against extremism and fundamentalism.

“Love and affection and understanding is what we all must profess and practise.”

He added Prophet Mohammed was a prime example of how Muslims should live their lives.

More than 1400 Islamic faithful from around the country gathered to celebrate the event.

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