Wednesday 13 November, 2019

Minister Hosein in Eid-Ul-Adha greeting: Treat people equally

Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Kazim Hosein said the lesson of Eid-Ul-Adha, in which one gives meals to those in need, shows that all people should be treated equally. 

In a statement issued for the observance of Eid-Ul-Adha, which began August 11 and ends August 15, Hosein said that the spirit of sacrifice is an important lesson for all.

Eid-Ul-Adha marks the end of Hajj, a holy pilgrimage where billions of Muslims come together to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, Ismail. 

"Eid Ul-Adha commemorates Prophet Abraham’s (pbuh) unyielding commitment to his faith, through his willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail. Before he could carry out the sacrifice, Almighty Allah (swt) recognized his act of devotion and intervened, providing a lamb as an offering to take Ismail’s place."

"Every year, Muslims across the world embark on this beautiful journey of Hajj. As one of the five pillars of Islam, it is important for all Muslims once physically and financially capable to complete this sacred journey to Mecca, at least once in their lifetime."

"This annual pilgrimage takes place during Dhu Al Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar, which literally translates “to attend a journey”. Our brothers and sisters in Islam commit themselves both physically and spiritually for the opportunity to seek redemption, to forgive and be forgiven. It is during these five days that Muslims, wrapped in white cloth begin to increase their worship and seek forgiveness from Almighty Allah (swt) and in so doing complete the rituals of Hajj. Worshippers begin by circling the Kaaba in the Grand Mosque seven times, after which they proceed to Mina where they spend a night and day in deep prayer and reflection."

"On the second day, the journey continues to Mount Arafat for a day of prayer, spiritual reflection and forgiveness. At sunset, pilgrims head from Mount Arafat to Muzdalifah where they continue to prayer and prepare for the next day’s ritual. On the third day, the ritual known as “stoning of the devil” takes place in Mina where seven pebbles are thrown at the largest of three columns known as Jamarat. Pilgrims spend the day or sometimes a few days in Mina after which they return to Mecca to perform the final circulation of the Kaaba, on the fifth day."

"Eid-Ul-Adha is the most revered Islamic observance. Muslims celebrate the Adha, Arabic for “sacrifice,” by the slaughtering of an animal and dividing the meat into thirds - one for ourselves, another portion for family, and a third portion for those in need. This sharing represents the key lessons of Eid Ul-Adha – sacrifice, equality and charity. It is a symbol of the Prophet's willingness to sacrifice his son, and also a lesson that in giving, we should treat persons equally," he said. 

Hosein said the observance also signifies the importance of obedience to one's parents and to God, and said sacrifice is a key aspect of spiritual development. 

"It is our duty as leaders and mentors to the younger generations to teach them the importance of obedience and giving to those less fortunate. At a very early age, we must instil in our children, the principles of kindness, charity and obedience because they are the future of our beloved nation and we have a duty to lead them on the right path; a path that puts Almighty God at the center of everything."

"On behalf of the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, I wish to extend Eid Ul-Adha greetings to our entire Muslim community at home and abroad, and wish for all citizens of our beloved nation peace, good health and prosperity for every day of your journey through life," he said. 

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