All praise to the Almighty for blessing us with Eid-ul-Adha on Wednesday, 16 October 2013. As with everything in Islam we celebrate this joyous occasion with the remembrance and worship of Allah.
Eid-ul-Adha is a time when we are made to dwell on the concept of sacrifice and faith, and the mercy, grace and love that comes from that sacrifice and faith. The question for Muslims is, do we understand the challenge of this Fifth Pillar of Islam and what is required from us.
During these days of Eid-ul-Adha, while we sacrifice our animals in a symbolic way let us remember the greater sacrifice of Muslims around the world. The atrocities of the world are ongoing with frightening consequences. This has demeaned humanity into a sanctity of living based on socio-economic ethnicity (one type of people superior to another).
This is the story of Muslims in Kashmir who are living under occupation by India whose forces use rape of women and children and torture of men as military weapons. Rohingya Muslims are undergoing a process of ethnic cleansing in Burma at the hands of the Buddhists. Further anarchy and turmoil in the Muslim world is experienced in Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, Somalia and Libya. The world is in a state of flux and the focus of all things bad have been placed on Muslims.
The untold story is that Muslims suffer in all corners of the world just as much as the rest of humanity. The perpetrators of violence, terrorism, fundamentalism, extremism and radicalism are not Muslims. We should remove ourselves from distinguishing each other based on our differences and begin to think of each other as human elements. It is the forces of capitalism and neo-colonialism that engage us to think otherwise and create further division within us.
Unfortunately in the Muslim world there is also the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a few. This leads to greater poverty, misery, hardship and the alienation of the poor. Few Muslim Scholars have questioned the wrongful acquisition of this wealth at the expense of the poor.
The Media Review Network (MRN) wishes the Ummah a happy and pleasant Eid-ul-Adha and May Almighty Allah (SWA) except all the efforts, sacrifices and duaa’s of all hujaaj.
May Allah (SWA) be Glorified.
The Executive and Staff of Media Review Network
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