Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has extended his congratulations and best wishes to the Muslim community members in the country and around the world on Ramadan.
“On behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia, I and my wife would like to congratulate and extend our best wishes to all Muslim communities in the country and the world as Ramadan festival will begin on April 2, 2022,” the Premier wrote on his official Facebook page on Mar. 31.
Samdech Techo Prime Minister took the opportunity to profoundly thank all Cambodian Muslims for their active contribution to maintaining peace and for their trust in his leadership and that of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party.
The Premier also sought understanding over the cancellation of Iftar dinner since 2020 due to the COVID-19 threat. But, he added, religious gatherings are allowed, anyway the health safety rules must be respected.
Ramadan is the holy month of the Muslim communities, which is determined by the sighting of the new moon. During this holy month, Muslims abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs to purify the soul, refocus attention to their faith, and practice self-sacrifice. The Iftar is the evening meal Muslims have to break their fast during Ramadan.
Buddhism is the state religion of Cambodia, but the country fully respects the religious freedom. 95 percent of the population of about 15 million are Buddhists. Islam has about 300,000 followers, and some 0.25 percent of Cambodian people follow Christianity, animism and so on.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press