Muslims Around the world celebrates Hajj festival today. Issuing a message in this regard President Maithripala Sirisena says as millions of Muslims around the world come together with the common purpose of religious observance to Mecca in the spirit of unity, the festival of Hajj brings the message of true value of reconciliation as aspired by humanity. Throughout human history, mass gatherings of people were held for religious rituals and activities that have preserved their religious traditions and strengthened co-existence among communities. The President wishes all Muslims in the world a Happy and peaceful Eid al-Adha.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says The Hajj festival demonstrates the importance of unity and commitment in guiding the world to achieve long-lasting peace. He called on all Sri Lankans to be united as a nation to ensure a better future for the country. The Prime Minister added in his message Hajj pilgrimage is considered to be one of the five pillars of Islam, which should be performed by all Muslims, who are physically and financially capable, at least once in a lifetime. Hajj marks the end of the period during which Muslims across the globe journey to Mecca in Saudi Arabia to reassure their faith in God