Today, along with hundreds of millions of people around the world, our Fijian Muslim brothers and sister are celebrating the birth and life of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. Every year, this occasion serves as an opportunity to appreciate the diversity of thought we enjoy in our society.
The values taught by the Prophet Muhammad formed the foundation of Islam, and carry meaning for all of humanity, irrespective of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Our shared identity as Fijians transcends religious boundaries, and it is a personal point of pride for me as Prime Minister that we so openly embrace the festivities of our fellow Fijians.
We can all respect the impact the Prophet Muhammad has had on universal values, moralities and ethics. And we can all seek to uplift ourselves and our communities to live out the virtues of unity, understanding, peace, justice and equality.
So today, I call on all of our citizens to take time to reflect on the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, and join hands in recognition of the values of brotherhood and sisterhood that he so often preached.
Fiji’s progress can be measured by the care and compassion we show our fellow Fijians. If we keep sight of that – if we deepen the bonds that exist between us – we will continue to advance our nation and our people towards a brighter future.