“This month is sacred, put distance from everything that’s harmful; Let’s show that this city was build with tolerance and co-existence”. On the occasion of Ramadan, the Mayor of Tirana organized the iftar dinner for the religious and spiritual leaders of Albania, members of the state’s cabinet, deputies, ambassadors and diplomats, as well as representatives from the media and business community.
While welcoming all the present, Mr. Veliaj appreciated the harmony and respect shown by the religious communities, and called it as an important value. “I want to thank the imam of Tirana, the Mufti of Tirana, and all the Imams from the 30 mosques that are located in Tirana, that are present here in this union, people that share a meal, live in the same city and that have grown the roots of this society. I want to thank the other religious representatives that joined us today, to underline the fact that above all we are Albanians, we respect each other and that the way we pray should not difference us, but on the contrary it’s what keeps us together”, stated Veliaj. The Mayor underlined the fact that this month is sacred and it should be interpreted as a way to put distance from all things that might be harmful, things that Albania and its citizens don’t deserve.
“Put distance from everything that can harm you, bad thoughts, hurtful words, negative energies, wrongful roads that this country doesn’t deserve, and even those that stand near us. If we interpret it as a sacred month more for the Muslim believers, the month where God passed his words to Mohamed, then even our reflection should go beyond the fact that we are fasting, we should attempt to keep away from the temptation to harm those close to us”, said Veliaj, while adding that this month makes it the perfect moment to reflect regarding the fact that this country has evolved and is still standing thanks to tolerance that exists between its people.
The City Hall was careful that during the month of sacrifice and solidarity no one was left without a meal, so every night they organize the iftar dinner for everyone that can’t afford it, to show that the co-existing vibe between the religious communities will continue to prove that tolerance and harmony are the two strongest pillars of our society./Tiranapost/D.D