Today, we revere the mercy and immeasurable kindness of the Almighty God in reward of the the demonstrated willingness of Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice of his son as an act of supreme submission to God’s command. As it was the decree of the Almighty, today we celebrate life. Muslims who follow the traditions of Ibrahim, value human dignity and social justice as deeply or more than any other community in the world.
Today, our communities are facing enormous struggles and diversity of opinions on how to address the challenges of modernization. In many cases, global political impediments have unleashed mutation of Islamic values and principles of social justice. In other parts of the world, they have also produced desperation, militancy and extreme radicalization of Islamic values. Our hearts go outto the plight of our displaced Muslim brethren living in many parts of the country and to the most oppressed communities suffering the onslaught of extreme intolerance against Muslim communities globally today. We also remember the suffering and poverty ridden communities and the ailing fellow beings. It should not be lost on us during our feasting and rejoicing.Let us reflect deeply and pray for their well being on this Holy day of sacrifice and thereafter.
My sincere Haj wishes to all friends in Sri Lanka and globally.