World Bulletin / News Desk
Bosnian Muslims started Eid al-Fitr with morning prayers on the first day as millions of Muslims around the world are marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Eid al-fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset.
Addressing his people on the occasion of eid al-Fitr, Bosnia's Grand Mufti Mustafa Ceric warned the Bosnian natives on Sunday that their divisions might pose a threat to their existence and unity.
Ceric said the Muslims in the country might squander their rights as a result of the rifts among their political parties.
Bickering among the Bosnian Muslim leaders have given a chance to "the others to seize the opportunity to make some political gains that have weakened the central state authority that constitute the sole guarantee for the rights of the Muslims of Bosnia-Herzegovina," the cleric said in his eid sermon at a crowd of worshippers at Gazi Husrev Bey Mosque in the Bosnian capital.
Kuwaiti news agency said the mufti expressed concern at a new attitude by the leaders of the Bosnian Serb sub-state of Republika Srpska, backing down from their recognition of the authority of the Bosnian state.
"This may lead to partititoning the state and disintegrating the Muslims into separate pockets," he said.
He called on active Bosnians to rally external support for the unity of the nation warning that this unity was threatened as a result of "political extremism by the local Serbs."
Prime Minister of the Bosnian Serb sub-state of Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodic denied that the Muslim Bosnians were victims of ethnic cleansing during the Bosnian war in the 90s.
Bosnian Minister for Human Rights and Refugees Safet Halilovic described the remarks by the Bosnian Serb official as "fascist and depicted the level of fanaticism and extremism" of some Serb leaders.
Halilovic called on the super powers namely the US to intervene and scuttle schemes by the Bosnian Serbs to undermine the basis of the Bosnian state through revived plans of partition, with the ultimate aim of seceding from the Bosnian motherland.
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He charged the European Union of failing to resolve the political crises in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Herzegovina is divided into the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republika Srpska. The district of Brcko is not part of either entity. The Federation is further divided into 10 cantons.
This system was established following the civil war that raged in the 90s, pitting Bosnian Muslims against fellow Bosnian Serbs and Croats.