Bismillah hir rahma nir Rahim.
All praise to the Almighty for the blessing and benediction which enables us to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha on Monday 10th Zul Hijjah (12th August 2019). As with everything in Islam, we dedicate this joyous occasion in the remembrance and worship of Allah Rab-ul-Izzat.
During the performance of Hajj we
proclaim to the All Mighty that we are in His presence, that He has no partners
and He is the sovereign power over all of creation. This covenant with our
Creator must remain with us for always so that it is not interpreted as a
ritual which is forgotten as soon as we complete the Hajj.
Eid-ul-Adha is a time for sacrifice
and forms an integral part of practical Islam. Sacrifice teaches discipline.
Through sacrifice we are able to control the ego so that we do not surrender
ourselves to the desires of the Nafs (the ego). If we lose our way in the
jungle of consumerism, the performance of Hajj becomes a deliberate distortion
of this pillar of Islam.
This pilgrimage has significant relevance for all
Let us not forget the violence and massacres
carried out by various governments against innocent civilians, in places such
as Kashmir, Rohingya, Palestine, Egypt, Somalia, Chad and China amongst others.
The unnecessary war on the Yemeni people waged by Saudi Arabia and the United
Arab Emirates, at the behest of the United States and Israel, in which the
scale of destruction and loss of human lives is unimaginable. These amount to
nothing less than war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The disappearance and subsequent murder of
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was last seen entering the Saudi embassy in Istanbul,
is a stark reminder to the Ummah of the callous and inhumane attitude of the
Allah (SWA) reminds us in the Holy Quran:
you consider the providing of drinking water to the pilgrims and the
maintenance of Al-Masjid-al-Haram (at Makkah) as equal to the worth of those
who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and strive hard and fight in the Cause
of Allah? They are not equal before Allah. And Allah guides not those people
who are the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers).
violence perpetrated by the Indian military against the hapless men, women and
children in Kashmir can only be described as ruthless, merciless, vicious and
on the part of the Ummah, means complicity.
We wish all Muslims a very satisfying, tranquil,
non-violent and peaceful Eid-ul-Adha. Ameen.
Executive and Staff of the Media Review Network
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