In the remote village of Malaykolaniya in the southern district of Hambantota, a shining good example of unity and religious tolerance are fostered by its religious leaders.
In Malaykolaniya, the Buddhist priest plays the role of unifier, engaging with the Muslim community and making the temple a common space for people of all faiths. The temple is the chosen venue to hold Iftar, a meal taken at sundown by Muslims during the month of Ramadhan to end the day’s fasting. The temple plays not just a religious role but a cultural one and becomes a place for all communities to come together. The temple is generously supported by the Muslims, forming the majority in the small village. The local Islamic religious leadership plays an equally significant complementary role. Together, they demonstrate a heartwarming example of unity in diversity.
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