Muslims’ livelihoods, religious practice facilitated in Vietnam hinh anh 1Truong Thi Mai (second, left) presents gifts to the Muslim representatives at the meeting (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Islamic community has continually been assisted in seeking employment and religious practice by all-level authorities, Muslim dignitaries have said.

They represented the Islamic community from southern Ninh Thuan and Tay Ninh provinces and Ho Chi Minh City at a meeting in Hanoi on August 17 with Politburo member Truong Thi Mai, head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation.

With the help of the local administrations, Muslims’ livelihoods have been improved, the dignitaries said, adding that they will encourage Muslims to follow Islam’s genuine guidelines, abide by the State’s policies and laws, protect security and develop local socio-economic aspects.

Head of the Party commission Mai appreciated the Islamic community’s contribution to both local and national development, noting that the localities’ Muslim representative boards have done a good job of connecting Islamic followers with authorities and promoting social activities among the community.

She asked the boards to press on with communication to encourage Muslims to practise their religion in line with the Charter and Statutes approved by the State, as well as with legal regulations.

Meanwhile, Muslims should actively engage in patriotic emulation movements and enhance solidarity to promote their livelihoods and national development, she added.

Ninh Thuan, Tay Ninh and HCM City are home to large numbers of Muslims in Vietnam. There are more than 72,000 Islamic followers in the country at present, mostly the Cham ethnic people, according to the Government’s Committee for Religious Affairs.-VNA