have just had a blissful occasion of Eid-ul Adha, also known to us as Tobaski,
for which we should thank the Almighty Allah our Maker and Provider.
Eid-ul Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice, is the second of two major religious holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide each year.
In The Gambia, being a religious tolerant society, all Muslims and even non-Muslims always observe this great day and feast with peace, love and kindness.
This we should thank Allah for, as we hope and pray that this spirit continues among us forever.
It is a fact that not all are able to sacrifice a ram or other expensive animal like cow or bull, but many in their own little ways were able to fulfill the sacrifice and observe the feast in peace and tranquility, with the full grace and blessings of the Almighty Allah on us as individuals and as a nation. In occasions like this we should always forgive and forget wrongs done to one another in the true spirit of Islam.
We reiterate our commendation for the government for waiving taxes and other levies on livestock sale in the country this year.
Our appreciation also goes to all the government departments, ministries and institutions that contributed by doing their bits to ensure ram and other livestock are affordable by many in the country this year.
The Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment, the Gambia Ports Authority, the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA), the Gambia Immigration Department and the Gambia Police Force, among others, deserve special commendation for facilitating the “free and smooth” movement of visiting livestock dealers, as well as for ensuring “maximum security” at all points of sale of livestock in the country.
Personally, the people, the high and the low, have been able to observe the feast together by praying together, eating together, visiting and sharing with one another, all in the spirit of brotherhood, love and oneness.
As we get back to business, let’s maintain the brotherhood, fairness, kindness, love and care for one another, for we are all kith and kin.
All praises and thanks to the Almighty Allah!
“Eid Mubarak to all!.”