In his Hajj Message, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said the Government has provided all necessary facilities to the Muslim community to engage in their religious observances.

In his message he said, “It is with pleasure that I offer my felicitations to Sri Lankan Muslims and their fellow devotees the world over on this occasion of Eid-ul-Adha.

On this day of Hajj, Muslims commemorate the immense sacrifices made by Nabi Ibrahim and his family members in honour and respect of God.

During this season a large number of Muslims from around the world gather in Mecca for the Hajj pilgrimage considered as the fifth pillar of the Islamic faith. Although the Muslim devotees are compelled to refrain from visiting Holy Mecca due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has enveloped the globe, I believe that the Hajj festival this year too will be an occasion for them to embrace the greatness of Allah and the spirit of peaceful coexistence.