Dept. Of Social Cohesion, Muslim Core Group celebrate Youman Nabi

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, November 13, 2019

In observance of this year’s Youman Nabi, the Department of Social Cohesion in collaboration with the Muslim Core Group, on Tuesday, held a cultural programme at the Umana Yana.

The programme featured Quranic recitations, Qaseedah, chants as well as presentations by several religious officials and students from the ISA Islamic School.

In brief remarks, Acting Programme Coordinator, Natasha Singh-Lewis noted that religious diversity and freedom have been encouraged in Guyana. This level of appreciation, she said, should never be treated with contempt but with respect.

“As Guyanese, we are warm and hospitable people, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural and so in many ways, we are different… religion is one of our diversities in Guyana, and we have enjoyed the freedom to practice our religions. So, we must encourage respect and appreciation for each other’s right to practice their religion unhindered,” she added.

Since the establishment of the department, Singh-Lewis said the aim to create a cohesive nation is no longer a distant dream but much closer as the department has been able to establish various core group.

“We are hopeful that the kind of work we have been doing at the community level will see behavioural changes… we believe that having a collective body representing the distinct needs and position of the organisations will strengthen the unity for each of the groups… we see religion as a vehicle for social cohesion

Youman Nabi, also known as Mawlid al-Nabi, observes the life and works of the Prophet Muhammad. The creator of the Holy Quran, Prophet Muhammad, is known for his dedication to the teachings of Islam.

Before his death in the year 632, the Holy Prophet spent his life preaching and practising brotherhood and unity, kindness and forgiveness. He also fought against injustices and took care of the less fortunate.

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