Serene thoughts

It is almost the end of 2012. “Years end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us” Hal Borland.

During my walks in Salalah city, besides beautiful Mosques, I find Christmas stars lighten up the sky and I experienced Happy Diwali.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

When the current leader Sultan Qaboos took over power in 1970, he pointed out to his people: “States that have no spiritual foundation are devoid of substance. In building nations, nothing is more important than the spiritual side. It is this that produces cohesion and unity, and creates the right climate for tolerance, security and good conduct.” This principle applies not only to intellectual and cultural life, but also to the legal sphere and the Basic Law of the State guarantees all Oman’s residents the freedom to worship and practice their religion.

Catholic church, Salalah

Catholic church, Salalah

Article 28 of the Basic Law of the State affirms: “the freedom to practice religious rites in accordance with established custom is guaranteed, provided that it does not infringe on public order or decency.”  There are several houses of worship in the Sultanate where non-Muslims – Christian, Hindus and others- can practice their religious rites in freedom and safety and with the protection of the law.

Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali


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