Georgetown, GINA, July 30, 2011 – President Bharrat Jagdeo today expressed satisfaction over the level of tolerance that Guyanese now enjoy. He said this could have only happened if there are enlightened leaders and, organisations such as the Central Islamic Organisation (CIOG).
Speaking at the opening of the Masjid Al-Nur, Islamic Center, located in one of the newest housing schemes, Parfaite Harmonie, Region Three, President Jagdeo expressed pleasure that the scheme has gotten such a wonderful building and that he is also pleased CIOG is already thinking about how this House of God can be used, not just as a place of worship and for Muslims but a place of service to the residents of the West Bank Demerara community.
The masjid was built by Bobby Ramroop, at a cost of $70M. Ramroop said he invested in the masjid because it was the desire of his mother to build it in honour of her late parents and as promised, was handed over to the CIOG a few days before the start of Ramadan.
President Jagdeo also lauded the Ramroop family for their dignified nature, tolerance and grace which he emphasized are traits taught by parents to their children. The President added that if many more families exemplify such traits society and the world would be a place much desired. President Jagdeo also stated that whatever Government can do to work with CIOG to help serve Guyanese, it is prepared to do so.
PPP Presidential Candidate, and Presidential Advisor, Donald Ramotar said that the existing tolerance in Guyana can be an example for others in the world. He stated that Guyana has equality of religions and a great understanding has been developed. Ramotar urged that the building be used to its full capacity to benefit all in the community including non Muslims.
CIOG’s Education Director and Religious Adviser, Shaikh Moen – ul Hack said the masjid can be used for recreational activities to create a diversion from deviant activities by youths in particular.
Also in attendance of the opening of Masjid Al-Nur were Minister of Housing and Water, Irfaan Ali and Minister of Labour, Manzoor Nadir.
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