Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has extended his greetings to Muslims as they mark the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha.
In a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday, Rowley urged citizens not to neglect the less fortunate and encouraged us all to observe the principles of sacrifice and brotherhood.
Eid-ul-Adha began on July 19 and is expected to end on July 23. It honours the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Prophet Ismail (Ishmael) for God.
Rowley said “Amongst the themes of Eid-ul-Adha, apart from sacrifice, are those of fostering brotherhood and fraternity and sharing happiness with the underprivileged sections of the society. Muslims are mandated to freely give on this occasion for the upliftment of the poor and needy and this is part of the happiness of the occasion. This is a trait that we as a nation would do well to emulate in these trying times.
“Unfortunately, this year, we cannot congregate at mosques for the special Eid prayer due to the pandemic conditions. Nevertheless, this does not stop us from still lending a helping hand to those in need around us. Let us therefore all strive to please our Creator and gain maximum rewards on this occasion.”
Rowley said the message of the occasion is the importance of sacrifice over personal desires for a greater good which includes the improvement of society.