‘Stand up for justice & equality’ – President Ali urges at launch of Islam Awareness week

President Dr Irfaan Ali addressing those gathered at the launch of Islam Awareness Week 2024 (Photo: DPI/February 02, 2024)

This year, Islam Awareness Week is observed under the theme: “Islam: Justice, Dignity and Equality for All”.

In alignment with this theme, the President said that these are the guiding principles of the government’s firm stance.

He also said that a more robust international response is needed to quell the chaos ongoing in the Gaza strip, and ensure the protection of those impacted.

Guyana has taken up the leadership of the United Nations Security Council, and is using this platform to champion the cause for peace and solidarity, resolutely calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Recently, in open reflection of this dedication to fostering peace, the government pledged US$150,000 towards the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), to support Palestinians displaced and affected by the ongoing war.

A section of the gathering at the launch of Islam Awareness Week 2024 (Photo: DPI/February 02, 2024)

“Our government has consistently stood on the side of what is right, with Palestine, Cuba or every country that suffers as a result of some form of injustice. We have stood on the side of justice against terrorists and terrorism, because that has no place in Islam. We stood on the side of justice for the Palestinian people because they deserve to live in dignity and within their sovereign space,” the Head of State.

Islam Awareness Week is slated to run from February 2 to 11.

This has been annual tradition since 1995, aimed at raising awareness of the significance of Islam, as well as fostering greater tolerance and appreciation for the faith.

The week’s activities include awareness programmes, public lectures, and house-to-house engagements. (DPI)