Inauguration Ceremony

Inauguration Ceremony

Allah sent his messengers to convey the truth to all of mankind and guide them the right path. The last of all messengers is Prophet Muhammed  (pbuh). The prophet muhammmed (pbuj) was a perfect example of an honest, just, merciful, compassionate, truthful and brave human being. Though he was a man, he was far removed from all evil characteristics and strove solely for the sake of God and His reward in the hereafter. Moreover, in all his actions and dealings, he was ever mindful and fearful of God.

The birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammed (pbuh), the last prophet and the guide of Muslim devotees, is annually celebrated and considering the national significance of this special day, it has been announced as a public holiday in Sri Lanka.

With related to this, the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs is privileged to organize various national level programmes annually to celebrate this national day. Various types of Religious, Cultural, Spiritual and Development programmes will be organized in a selected District and arrangements will be taken to uplift the local amenities within the particular district.

National Meelad-un-Nabi Celebrations were initiated in year 1982 as a departmental activity and since then it was held island wide as follows.

Kurunegala                 1988                          Ampara                      2006

Mawanella                 1989                           Trincomalee               2007

Matale                        1991                            Monaragala               2008

Puttalam                    1992                           Matale                        2009

Thihariya                    1994                          Batticaloa                   2010

Weligama                   1995                           Hambanthota            2011

Gampola                    1996                           Ratnapura                  2012

Addalachenai             1997                           Kinniya                       2013

Malwana                    1998                           Kaluthara                   2014

Kurunegala                 2000                         Kandy                         2015

Kandy                         2001                           Guruthalawa             2016

Kandy                         2002                           Jaffna                         2017

Batticaloa                   2003                           Colombo                    2018

Polonnaruwa             2004                            Colombo                    2018

Vavuniya                    2005


The Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs will be implementing the following programmes under this Departmental Activity.

  • A souvenir including the details of History of Muslims in the chosen district, Historical significance and Muslim Pioneers in the respective district will be published to commemorate this national programme.
  • Spiritual development programmes and many awareness programmes will be organized to explicate the society about the exemplary life of our Prophet Muhammed (PBUH).
  • In order to commemorate this National Day, various religious events and an inauguration ceremony will be organized in a chosen district.
  • Selected religious institutes such as Mosques, Arabic Colleges, Quran Madrasas and Ahadiyya Schools in the particular district will be developed and local amenities will also be uplifted.
  • Provincial level and National level competitions such as speech contests, short-story writing, essay writing, Hiflul Qur’an contest, Quirath contest and calligraphy will be conducted among Students Island wide in parallel to this Programme.
  • A state level ceremony will be organized with the participation of honourable Ministers, Religious Leaders and important people in the district in order to ensure peace and prosperity among the communities.