( October 12, 2017, Yangon, Sri Lanka Guardian) A mass prayer ceremony was held in Yangon Tuesday to foster better relations among the various religions in the country, perhaps the largest such gathering ever seen in Myanmar.
The National League for Democracy (NLD) spearheaded the event, which included people from various states and regions and was aimed at uniting the country.
The leaders of Myanmar’s different religions took part in the evening event at Aung San Stadium in Yangon.
Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, who attended the interfaith service, hoped the international community would try to understand Myanmar’s situation in promoting religious harmony.
“Metta is what we can give for those who are in trouble. I hope that the international community will understand the situation of Myanmar led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,” he said.
Speaking at the event, Archbishop of Myanmar Cardinal Charles Bo said Myanmar is facing a political transition and the nation is working on the path to peace, so the international community needs to understand what the country is undergoing.
“The international community is pointing its finger at Myanmar and commanding it. I want the world to know that Myanmar can solve its own problems. Myanmar people live with kindness, I want the world know,” he said.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s government is prepared to handle the Rakhine crisis, but 18 months is not long enough to solve all the problems, and condemning the Myanmar government will accomplish nothing, he added.
Al Haj Maulana Hafiz Mufti Ali said on behalf of Mawlawi leader U Ko Lay that what is happening in Myanmar is very saddening for citizens who parted with their family members due to the conflict.
“Islam is a religion of peace. It aims to make friends even of enemies,” he said.
For peaceful coexistence, the rule of law is essential and the government should implement it. All citizens should co-exist peacefully, Al Haj Maulana Hafiz Mufti Ali said.
Arranged with Myanmar Times