Olawale Jelili, Ile-Ife.
The former commissioner for Home affairs, culture and tourism, Prince Sikiru Ayedun has felicitated with Muslims in the world over the eid-al adha celebration.
This is because according to him, the festival involves sacrifice, endurance, fulfillment, belief and seeking for blessings and forgiveness from the Almighty Allah, the creator of mankind.
Ayedun in his eid-el-adha message, said the lesson of eid-el-kabir should be translated to our daily lives and work towards ensuring unity, peace and progress of the country.
The eid-el-adha is celebrated during the last month of the dhu-hijja being the twelve month of the Islamic calendar, is very important, considering the fact that it beckoned on Muslim faithful to eschew self-seeking personal goals and work assiduously towards developing spiritual growth through demonstration of kindness, forgiveness and generosity for all, irrespective of religious differences.
“Eid al -Adha, the”Festival of the Sacrifice”, begins on the tenth day and ends on sunset of the twelfth, during this month Muslim pilgrims from all around the world congregate at Mecca to visit the Kaaba. The Hajj is performed on the eighth, ninth and the tenth of this month. Day of Arafat takes place on the ninth of the month and is also a relevant period for the Muslim Ummah as it gives opportunity to the muslim faithful to move closer to Almighty God.
“After a successful completion of this obligation that is the last five pillars of Islam, he congratulated the Muslim brothers and sisters on successfully completing this all-important religious act”. He opined that the spirit of sacrifice which Eid-al adha epitomises in the lives of Muslims will be demonstrated in the coming months to promote peace and harmony in the country.”
He urged Muslims to practice the lessons of sacrifices, endurance the period teaches. “We thank God for witnessing another lunar calendar. I pray that the sacrifices made during the period will not be in vain. “Also, we must not forget to always put into practice all the lessons taught us by the Holy Quran as also emphasised by Prophet Mohammed.
Ayedun while wishing Muslim faithful happy celebrations, he however advised all Nigerians to take responsibility against the spread of the virus by observing social distancing, personal and respiratory hygiene, as well as other regulations issued by relevant authorities.