Members of the Muslim community in Trinidad and Tobago are calling on the government to ease the current restrictions on the allocation of foreign exchange to enable their members to make the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Imam Rasheed Karim, the chairman of Ummah T&T Muslim Federation, the largest lobby group seeking the interest of local Muslims, said that the current regulations are making it very difficult for hundreds of potential pilgrims to make the once-in-a-lifetime journey.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is meeting with leaders of the Muslim community for discussions related to security concerns following the recent terrorist attack in New Zealand.
The meeting began at 3 pm at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s.
President Paula-Mae Weekes has called on law-abiding Muslims to remain steadfast in their faith despite the attack on their religion by criminals who call themselves Muslims.
In her Eid message yesterday, Weekes extended solidarity to "true Muslims" saying Islam has been distorted by those seeking violence and discord.
"It is alarming to observe the distortion of the message of Islam practiced by some in Trinidad and Tobago and around the world, who have been drawn into lifestyles of brutality and contempt for human life," she said.
Apologise to the Muslim community, Prime Minister! That’s the demand from UNC Chaguanas West MP Ganga Singh who wants Prime Minister Keith Rowley to apologise to that community for Rowley’s recent comments about the Masjid-ul-Muttaqeen Mosque in Cunupia.
“The Prime Minister’s attempt to manipulate the facts of the issue to justify his lack of leadership and impaired judgment was made worse by the fact that he chose the Holy month of Ramadan to launch his latest senseless tirade on the Muslim community,” Singh added calling for the apology.
Muslim leaders yesterday welcomed Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s invitation for talks to clear up any misinformation related to the Carnival terror threat.
Imam Nazim Mohammed, of Masjid Umar Ibn Khattab Jamaat in Rio Claro, whose daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren travelled to war torn Iraq in 2015, said the meeting is urgently needed.
“It’s a good idea. It’s the only way we can know what is going on and for the country to return to normalcy because everyone is in a state of fear,” he said.