Muslims, during Haj reflect upon the boundless sense of sacrifice and the tradition of humility and submission ofIbrahim and Hajara. We celebrateProphet Ibrahim’s demonstrated willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of supreme submission to God’s command, this day. As He decreed, we celebrate life and revere the mercy and immeasurable kindness of Almighty Allah.We have arrived at yet another holy day to reflect upon the term ‘sacrifice’ and the Almighty God’s compassion, at daring times of threats to human dignity and social justice faced by Muslims in Sri Lanka and in many other parts of the world.The community continues to bear the brunt of antagonism of nationalist-extremist forces with patience and faces political impediments that haveunleashed mutation.At times of despair that they face as minorities, regardless of changing regimes and state policies, this day reverberates the essence of Haj with special resonance in Sri Lanka.
As followers of the traditions of Ibrahim, more than any other community in the world, we understand that we too as a community are facing challenges of modernization. We have endured such critical phases. However, our community of Muslims pledge to give our best to cooperate and to work towards a meaningful reconciliation in our country now. In some parts of the world, oppressed communities have also taken to extreme radical Islamic values and militancy. Our prayers are with those who are displaced;those suffering in internment; the impoverished and the ailing fellow beings. We reflect upon them and pray for mercy at our moment of celebrationon this Holy day of sacrifice, as always. May the merciful Almighty Allah help us uphold Islamic values and principles of social justice, at all times.
My sincere best wishes and Eid Mubarak