Islamic religious observances were held at the Colombo Grand Mosque to mark the 69th Independence Day. Posts, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs Minister M.H.A. Haleem, State Minister A.H.M. Fowzie and MPs Mujeebur Rahuman and Imran Mahroof were among the large crowds who participated in the event. Colombo Grand Mosque Imam Moulavi M.S.M. Thasleem and Hafil Abdur Rahuman conducted prayers in Sinhala and Tamil.