President Edgar Lungu has congratulated the Muslim community in Zambia on the occasion of the holy festival of EID Mubarak marking the end of the month of Ramadan.
In a message yesterday, President Lungu acknowledges the important and unique role the Muslim community plays in advancing the cause of humanity through their religious and charity work.
The Head of State noted that Zambia is a nation of faith which is predominantly Christian but proudly at peace with other religions.
He added that within the diversity, the country has distinguished itself as a tolerant society across various facets of life and that he is hopeful that more can be done to entrench the culture as a way of life.
And President Lungu has encouraged the Muslim community to use this solemn period to reflect on their spiritual responsibilities and also urged them to build bridges across other faiths.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has extended his appeal to the leadership of the Muslim community to participate in the important process of national dialogue to help bring about a broad- based outcome that will benefit all Zambians.
The President indicated that politicians hold divergent views on many things but he is happy that the nation has a generally well settled consensus that religious leaders provide the best possible platform for unity.
The Head of State has since urged all Zambians to view the difference in religious beliefs as a catalyst for peaceful co-existence amid diversity.
He emphasized that as much as the nation has different religions, Zambians must realise that amongst the many good things, religion teaches the greatest lesson which is the message of love.
This is according to a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka yesterday by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, Amos Chanda.