PM Joins a Ramadan Iftar Dinner of Cambodian Muslims in Alserkal Grand Mosque

AKP Phnom Penh, June 07, 2018 —Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, presided over here yesterday evening the Ramadan Iftar Dinner of Cambodian Muslims at Alserkal Grand Mosque.

Alserkal Grand Mosque is the biggest mosque in the country, located in Sangkat Sras Chak, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh. It was inaugurated in March 2015.

The Cambodian Premier participated in this ritual with the Cambodian Muslims annually. The first time was in 2014. This clearly reflected the religious harmonisation in the Kingdom.

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.

Currently Buddhism is the state religion of Cambodia, but the country has fully respected 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.

By Khan Sophirom