Meelad-un-Nabi celebrations - 2007 in Trinco district

The Government has declared that this year's National Meelad-un-Nabi celebrations will be held in the Trincomalee District.

President Mahinda Rajapakse, as Minister of Religious and Moral Upliftment has officially made this declaration at the request of the MP of the district and Minister of Co-operatives M. Najeeb Abdul Majeed. This is an annual national event to mark the Birth Anniversary of Holy Prophet Mohammad.

According to Minister Majeed, action has been already taken by Secretary of Religious Affairs and Moral Upliftment Premadasa Kodituwakku to instruct the Director of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs to undertake all initial arrangements for the celebrations. Accordingly, the ceremonial inauguration of the National Meelad-un-Nabi celebrations is scheduled to be held at Naduwathul-Ulama Arabic College in Kinniya on Sunday, April 1st 2007.

The main function of the celebrations will be held in the latter part of August this year in Kinniya, followed by at Mutur on the next day. These two villages are predominately Muslim populated areas.

Minister Majeed reminded of the All Ceylon Islamic Cultural celebrations that were held in Kinniya when his late father A. L. Abdul Majeed, then Deputy Minister of Information and Broadcasting. This was one of the biggest functions ever held in the district of Trincomalee at that time.

He said that action has been initiated to organize this year's National Meelad-un-Nabi celebrations in a fitting manner by making use of the government's fund for the development of the area. He added that Trincomalee district was not only affected by the 2004 Tsunami Catestrophy but also very badly affected mainly by the recent ethnic disturbances. Minister Majeed has emphasized that the occurrence of the Meelad-un-Nabi celebration and rehabilitation development activities including resettlement programmes on a sound footing.

He said that a modern village with all facilities will be constructed in Kinniya to mark this occasion. Several mosques that have been damaged during the disturbances will be reconstructed mainly in the Mutur, Pulmoddai, Thampalagamam, Mullipothana and Kantalai where infrastructure facilities will also be strengthened. Under the "Gama Neguma" Rural Development Programme, of the Government water supply, education, housing, fisheries housing resettlement, and other related activities will be developed.

Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs Department has undertaken to compile books on the history of main villages in the Trincomalee District. The Department will entrust this task to a board of distinguished leading personalities to author these books, said M. I. Ameer, Director of the Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs Department.

Majeed said that he has intended to make several programmes to re-establish the lost ethnic relationship between the Tamil and Muslim communities, living in the areas. He said action has also been taken to obtain financial assistance from some selected Muslim and Arabic countries for the development of mosques and Arabic Colleges (Mathrassas). In this connection, Majeed said that he would have a series of meetings with the Heads of Missions in Colombo.


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