Pray­ing for peace in Yan­gon

Women from dif­fer­ent faiths who par­tic­i­pated in an in­ter­faith prayer ser­vice light can­dles at Aung San Sta­dium in Yan­gon on Tues­day evening. Thou­sands at­tended the event to pray for na­tional unity.

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - PHOTO: ZARNI PHYO

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.

Photo: Zarni Phyo

Nuns at­tend the in­ter­faith prayer cer­e­mony held at Aung San Sta­dium in Yan­gon.

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