Message of Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman on the Eid’l Adha
The Eid-al Adha has always been a time for all the Muslims of the world to come together and celebrate the things that matter most. It reminds us of the values cherished and shared by all humanity—the importance of faith and devotion, charity, and compassion for others.
We must hold these values close to our hearts, especially now, when the Muslim ummah is facing such trying times. We are faced with threats of violent extremism. Marawi lies ruined, and it is the third month of the war in the country’s only Muslim city. We must continue to pray for the people of Marawi and their recovery from these most painful of trials. We must unite and strive to work for Peace for Islam, after all, is a religion of peace.
The story of Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael has always inspired Muslims to aspire to become better individuals. This tale demonstrated Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) complete obedience to Allah (SWT) and the strength of his faith. It also shows the benevolence and compassion of Allah (SWT), especially to those who persevere and muster the courage to set aside self-interest for the common good.
I pray this occasion brings hope and joy to every family in the region as we join in thoughts and in prayers our brothers and sisters performing the Hajj this year. May Allah (SWT) grant their prayers and reward their sacrifices.