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