Jamaat-e-Islami Hind President Greets People On the Occasion of Bakrid

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Jamaat-e-Islami Hind President Syed Sadatullah Husaini.

India Tomorrow

NEW DELHI–Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) President Syed Sadatullah Husaini has greeted Muslims and other fellow citizens on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha festival that falls on July 10.

JIH is one of the leading socio-religious organizations of Indian Muslims.

“I greet Muslims and our fellow countrymen on the occasion of Eid ul Adha,” he said in a statement released to the media on Saturday.

“The day of Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated by Muslims all over the world to commemorate and remember Prophet Ibrahim (peace be on him) and Prophet Ismael’s (peace be on him) love for God and willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice for gaining His pleasure and blessings. Complete surrender and dedication to the Lord of the universe, strong commitment to principles and readiness to sacrifice everything for the principles, formulate the core message of Eid-ul-Adha. This firmness and dedication are the epitome of human character and this character is a basic pre-requisite for success. Muslims try to imbibe and emulate these noble values. I pray to God for blessing our country with peace and prosperity and grant us the grace to remain strong and united in our journey towards an ideal and just society,” the JIH president said.

While Eid-ul-Adha, popularly called Bakrid in Indian subcontinent, was celebrated in the Arab world, Europe and the US on Saturday, Muslims in India will celebrate it on Sunday (July 10).

Bakrid is all over the world celebrated by offering Qurbani, that is slaughtering of animals, on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic, or the Hijri calender.

Qurbani is performed in memory of what Prophet Ibrahim did on Mount Arafat, some 15 km from Makkah, about 4000 years ago. He was commanded by God to sacrifice his son Ismail. He carried out the command by blindfolding himself and his son to ensure that the love of the father for the son did not prevent him from obeying the instructions of the Supreme Being, but when he opened his eyes, he saw a dead ram, instead of Ismail. The young Ismael was standing next to him. It was a great miracle. On seeing this, Prophet Ibrahim felt that he had committed some wrong. But he immediately heard a voice, saying that Allah had accepted his sacrifice and he had passed the most difficult test.

So, the act of Qurbani which is performed by slaughtering animals as prescribed in Islam, is a lesson for Muslims to obey and completely surrender to the will of God under all circumstances. So, Eid-ul-Adha is not only a celebration but a remembrance for one of the greatest sacrifices made in the way of Allah and Muslims are commanded to abide by it without objection.

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