By Ye Khaung Nyunt & Zaw Gyi (Panita)
THE Yangon Region National League for Democracy held a mass prayer ceremony in Yangon yesterday, attracting about 30,000 people from different faiths.
Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein lit a candle to commence the ceremony with inter-faith prayers at Aung San Stadium with Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Christians and others taking part.
Dr Bhaddanta Iddhibala, Chairman of the Yangon Region Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, appealed for loving kindness and truth for the world with peace, praying “Be free from killing one another, be free from causing pain to one another, be free from destroying one another, be free from looking down and jealous each other.”
Muslim leaders Alahaj Mofti Mohamad, U Ko Lay and Hafiz Mufti Ali (a) U Kyaw Kyaw, also prayed for peace. “Citizens should collaborate in friendship and work for the country,” Ali said. “Freedom of life, freedom of education, freedom of religion, it is absolutely necessary for the country to fulfil all these rights.”
Hindu leader Dr Hla Tun, U Arsara, Patron of Quan Yin Buddhist Monastery and Charles Maung Bo, the current Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Yangon, also spoke of their hopes for peace in Myanmar.
“Myanmar is facing a turning point of history. We all are under the leadership of our leader State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,” said Charles
A visiting Mahayana Buddhist Monk from the Republic of Korea also prayed for Myanmar and its people.
“This event shows that Myanmar is a country where people with different faiths are living in harmony,” said Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein.
“Prayer for loving kindness is the strength, the power we can share with those who are facing difficulties and challenges,” said U Phyo Min Thein, “Hope the world would understand the situations in Myanmar and I prayed for their cooperation for the development of our country.”
“Let’s build the future of our country under the leadership of our democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,” he added.
Afterwards, the congregation including Buddhist monks and nuns, Christian nuns, Hindus and Muslims prayed for peace in Myanmar while holding lit candles and portrait of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.