26 November 2012

Liberia: Be Ambassadors of Peace Pilgrims Urged

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged this year's Hajji pilgrims to serve as ambassadors of peace.

"Now that you've retuned from the Holy pilgrimage, I urge you to be ambassadors of peace in various communities, towns and villages," the Liberian leader said.

"I also want you to continue praying for peace in the country," she added in welcome remarks to over 200 Liberian Muslims who returned home last week from pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

She extended appreciation to individuals and institutions that facilitated Muslims' holy trip, and thanked the pilgrims for their timely trip and safe return.

Speaking on behalf of the pilgrims, Alhaji Fomba Sheriff thanked President Sirleaf for the Government's support to the Muslim Community in Liberia, and urged the government to continue its to them.

Millions of Muslims around the world travel each year to Mecca for the Haj pilgrimage, a Holy journey in which 240 Liberian Muslims recently participated.

During the tour of the pilgrimage, Muslims usually offer prayers and pay visits to some of Islam's famous historical sites, along with a host of activities, including a symbolic stoning of Satan, the visit of the Birth place of Prophet Muhammad, Medina, amongst others.

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