May 22, 2018

Police Iftar festival


Iftar Festival, which is organised for the 8th time, for the Muslim police officers by the Buddhist and Religious Affairs Association of Sri Lanka Police will be held today (22) at the auditorium of Colombo Deputy Inspector General of Police, Police Media Division said.

The event would be held with the participation of Minister of Public Administration and Management and Law and Order Ranjith Madduma Bandara, on the invitation of Inspector General of Police, Pujith Jayasundara. Muslim ministers, Muslim MPs, Foreign Ambassadors of Muslim countries, Muslim journalists, senior police officers and all Muslim police officers will participate in this ceremony, a statement issued by the PMD said.

It said: Islam is a religion of peace, which guides us to reach the God by fulfilling the five pillars, faith, prayer, fasting, zakat, and hajj.

As Scripture of Islam, Holy Quran was revealed in the odd nights of Ramadan, it points out the uniqueness of the Ramadan month to the people.

It has been mentioned in the Holy Quran regarding fasting as follows. "O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous." (2.183)

The Muslims start observing their first day of the fasting in the early morning of the day following the first crescent of the month of Ramadan. One of the special features of Ramadan fasting is spending the 30 days of the Ramadan month by getting early in the morning and eating before the sunrise called, ‘Zuhr’ and praying and contemplating on the Creator for five times without consuming food for 14 hours until the evening prayer time called, ‘Maghrib’ when Muslims break the fasting with dates and meals.

There is fear and hope for the "Allah" among Muslims and the Ramadan fasting is a way of showing it. The rich wallowing in the lap of luxury live oblivious of the lifestyle of the poor who live in dire straits and this is a disheartening plight. Therefore, the importance of fasting is emphasized as the fourth duty in Islam. This helps the rich to empathize with the poor people and to share the same feeling of hunger felt by the destitute and ultimately making the rich people to be generous towards the needy without being greedy.

This act creates unity between people by eliminating their religious differences. One of the best examples can be drawn from the act of donating a sum of 1 million by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Pujith Jayasundara and all the officers, who are serving in Sri Lanka Police with the intention of extending a helping hand to the people who were affected by floods in the South during this time last year. Such noble deeds are not uncommon during this holy month of Ramadan.

Observing holy Ramadan fasting, which is one of the holy pillars of Muslims, and providing facilities to break the fasting are considered noble deeds that brings more benefits.

In that respect, to receive the grace of "Allah", Sri Lankan Police have arranged the "Police Iftar" ceremony to break the fasting of the Ramadan observers.
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