Prime Minister Hun Sen has sent a message to congratulate the Muslim community, who started observing their holy month of Ramadan yesterday.
“As the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia and on behalf of my wife, I would like to congratulate and extend our best wishes to the Cambodian Muslim communities, both inside and outside the country, and other Muslim communities around the world on the occasion of Ramadan,” Mr Hun Sen wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday. “I send my regards and deeply thank all Cambodian Muslims for your contribution in maintaining peace and for your trust in my leadership and the Cambodian People’s Party,” he said.
Ramadan is the Muslim holy month, the start of which is determined by the sighting of the new moon. During the month, Muslims abstain from eating and drinking and other worldly pleasures during the day and focus on purifying the soul. In the evenings, they break their fast until before dawn the next morning.
Othsman Hassan, a senior minister and president of the Muslims Development Foundation, yesterday said that he supported the Prime Minister’s focus on religious harmony in the Kingdom.
“Under Samdech Hun Sen’s leadership, the country has become peaceful and enjoys religious harmony,” he said, noting the Prime Minister has also wished Cambodian Christians during their festivals.
Zahron Sokry, a young Cambodian Muslim, yesterday said that the month of Ramadan is important for all Muslims because it is designated in the Quran as one of the five pillars of Islam.
“Personally, Ramadan helps me attain a sense of righteousness, develop God-consciousness, purify my spirituality, improve my self-discipline, and strengthen my self-control,” he said. “By self-control, I mean that I can abstain from eating or drinking during the daytime as well as pursuing everyday pleasures during the holy month.”