EID-AL-ADHA message from President of The B.C. Muslim Association
Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim
In the name of Allah, the most Gracious, the most Merciful
All praise belongs to Allah, the Creator of heavens and earth and the Lord of the universe.
Dear respected brothers, sisters, elders and children
Assalamu’Alaykum wa Rahamatullahi wa Barakatuhu
On behalf of The BC Muslim Association, its officials, staff and members, it is my pleasure to extend a very
warm and joyous EID MUBARAK to you and your loved ones.
It’s again that time of the year when Muslims yearn to be in the best focal point on earth – Ka’bah in Mecca, Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj or Pilgrimage. The word Hajj means to make a resolve to visit a holy place. Hajj draws a cross-section of Muslims from different parts of the world making it the largest Muslim gathering. It is here that they become closer to their Lord and apologize for their sins. This obligation is set upon every Muslim who is financially and physically capable. These days skyrocketing airfares, expensive hotels and other expenses deprive many ordinary Muslims from making this journey. Alhamdulillah, it’s pleasing that Allah SWT made provisions for the less fortunate to fulfill and attain the same reward thru other means.
Eid al-Adha also called ‘Festival of Sacrifice’ is the second of the two Muslim festivals and considered holier of the two. It falls on the 10th day of Dhu al Hijjah and the origin is rooted in Prophet Ibrahim’s (PBUH) life. The story is very educational and illuminating of the true meaning and significance of Hajj. One has to know the story to fully understand the benefits of Hajj can bring to you. I encouraged everyone to know the story of Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) and his unwavering determination to please Allah SWT. There is a lesson for us all and let us implement it in our lives.
The pilgrimage concludes by slaughtering an animal like sheep, goat, cow or camel in commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s (PBUH) readiness to sacrifice his most precious son to show obedience to Allah SWT. I know, locally members of the community do animal sacrifice (Qurbani) and share the meat with family, friends and the needy. I would like to remind that there are newcomers in our community from Syria and Iraq who need our help. Please invite them into your homes, share the meat and assist them in settling in new culture and environment. They have been through a lot and still facing challenges locally. Your act of kindness, generosity and sacrifice will go a long way in making a difference in their lives.
I hope and pray that you and your families have a wonderful Eid. On this auspicious occasion, let’s renew lessons learned from our beloved Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) and bring change in our lives and make a difference in the lives of other people. May Allah SWT bring us all closer to Islam and enable us to fulfill our responsibilities and make us a better Muslim. May HE bless and reward all the volunteers and hard working officials of BC Muslim Association and their families for their dedication, loyalty and sacrifice….Ameen!
Again “EID MUBARAK” to you all.
Baraka Allahu Fiikum
President, The B.C. Muslim Association