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Friday 14 August, 2020

PM on Eid-ul-Adha: Take on message of sacrifice for greater good

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is extending Eid Mubarak greetings to the Muslim community on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha.

The day marks the festival of sacrifice and renews the memory of Prophet Ibrahim's (Abraham) willingness to offer up his son Prophet Ismail (Ishmael) to honour God's command.

"It marks a time of great introspection and personal sacrifice for our Muslim brothers and sisters. It is the culmination of a very sacred period of prayer and fasting with the aim of elevating one’s level of righteousness and God consciousness. These are values that we would all do well to strive for in order to enhance our personal and spiritual development and connection with our Creator. I therefore pray that God Almighty would accept your prayers and good deeds done during this period and that it would redound to the benefit of our great country as a whole," he said.

Dr Rowley noted that during this time, Muslims around the world usually perform the Hajj. However, this year, foreigners have been banned from participating due to the COVID-19 pandemic while a limited number of locals are allowed with strict restrictions. 

The Prime Minister noted that despite this, Muslims who give charity to the poor during Eid, continue to do so.

Meanwhile, he took the opportunity to urge citizens to strive to strengthen one's connection with God and take on the message of personal sacrifice for the greater good.

"Indeed, one of the important lessons from Eid-ul-Adha is about overcoming challenges through personal sacrifice. Muslim communities have made great sacrifices during this crisis. We have all learned to come together in these unpredictable and challenging times. And I hope we can continue to do this, so that we may overcome whatever challenges the future holds for us."



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