Eid-ul-Adha preaches sacrifice and sharing

Friday, August 24, 2018

As Muslims in the country celebrates Eid-ul-Adha (Tobaski); the second most important festival in the Islamic calendar, we hope it was an occasion of reflection and not merely on the ritualistic aspects of the festival but its spiritual message.

The sacrificing of animals on this day symbolizes the supreme sacrifice of his beloved son that Prophet Ibrahim (AS) was willing to make to honour the wishes of his Creator. It was a test of faith and an act of supreme sacrifice.

Apart from absorbing these noble values, this is an occasion for those who are materially better off to share with those less fortunate, their food (symbolized by the distribution of meat from the sacrificed animals) and their wealth. For what is the point of a festival if everyone cannot take part in it? Let us remember that there are many of our brothers and sisters and children who go hungry every day and do not have the means to wear new clothes or eat nourishing meals. Eid Ul-Adha is the perfect opportunity for Muslims to show their humanity which is the basic value of Islam, by refraining from immodest show of wealth and sharing it with others.

On a more practical note, we urge our fellow citizens to always carry out the sacrifice in a clean, hygienic way, without causing any environmental hazard.

We pray that Allah in his infinite mercy and power continue to bless The Gambia with peace and stability and maintain love and the bond of oneness that exists between Gambians and non-Gambians living in the country.

We hope that all Eid travelers will have a safe journey back from their respective homes where they celebrated this special occasion with loved ones. In view of the roads, we hope the authorities; especially traffic police will be extra vigilant in making sure that precious lives are not lost in road crashes during these journeys. We wish our readers and patrons and the entire Gambian population a happy Eid Mubarak!

“I wish you all a very happy and peaceful Eid, may Allah accept your good deeds, forgive your transgressions and ease, the suffering of all peoples around the globe, Eid Mubarak...”

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