Religious freedom

We live in an island where religion plays an important part in the life of the citizens. Islam, Christianity and Hinduism are the three major components of the society; that coexist in peace. The French and the British brought in Christianity, while Islam and Hinduism were inherited from Indian migrants during the early days of colonization.

The freedom of each religion is guaranteed by the Constitution and forms the basis of balance in the practice of the various faiths. The fervor at each religious festival is unique and that’s what makes the beauty of this little island in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

A week after Muslims celebrated Yaum-un-Nabi, Christians are celebrating Easter today. For those who might not be familiar, Yaum-un-Nabi marks the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad. It’s the essence of faith in Islam. Easter marks the resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion. That’s the basis of Christian faith. After the usual mass, marking the end of the 40-day fasting, most Christians flocked to the sea side on this fine-weather-Sunday.

A retired government officer, former trade unionist and occupational safety & health management consultant based in Rodrigues Islands, Alfa King (real name: Amanoola Khayrattee) is a bilingual contributor to This Week News ( He has been editor of trade union newsletter and has contributed articles for various in-house magazines, publications, and the local press. He blogs since 2007, and when he is not reading or surfing on the internet, he is hiking over an 8-km-daily routine.
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