As millions of Muslims celebrated Saturday, July 9, `Eid Al-Adha holiday, world leaders have sent warm messages to Muslims, wishing them a happy feast and recognizing their contributions in serving their communities.
“Today, Muslims in Canada and around the world mark the end of the annual Hajj (pilgrimage) to Makkah, one of the five pillars of Islam, and celebrate `Eid Al-Adha,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a message shared on the government website.
“`Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, is symbolic of the lessons of sacrifice, devotion, and willingness as told by the story of Prophet Ibrahim.
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“As one of the most important holidays in Islam, every year, Muslims celebrate by gathering with family and loved ones to pray, showing gratitude for life’s blessings, sharing festive meals, and providing food to those in need.”
To Muslims across the country and around the world who are coming together with the ones they love and celebrating Eid al-Adha tonight: Eid Mubarak! I hope that you find peace and meaning through the practice of your faith. https://t.co/lXKb4iKX8T pic.twitter.com/jyuv09N8mD
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 9, 2022
Trudeau added that the Muslim holiday reflects on shared values of compassion, charity, and community service, recognizing the invaluable contributions Canadian Muslims have made to the country.
“The holiday is also an important time to reflect on the values of compassion, charity, and community service – values we hold dear as Canadians,” the statement read.
“Muslims across Canada have always embodied these values. From coast to coast to coast, they help the most vulnerable, volunteer with local organizations in our communities, and care for neighbors and newcomers.”
US President Joe Biden on Saturday night joined the world leaders in marking the Islamic festival. Wishing a “joyous holiday filled with community, celebration, compassion, and service”, the US President wrote “Eid Mubarak and Hajj Mabroor” on Twitter.
To all those across the United States and around the world celebrating Eid al-Adha, Jill and I wish you and your loved ones a joyous holiday filled with community, celebration, compassion, and service.
Eid Mubarak and Hajj Mabroor! pic.twitter.com/dKWkWFAD9n
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 9, 2022
British PM Boris Johnson has also sent a message to Muslims on `Eid occasion.
“Wishing Muslims here in the UK and around the world a very happy and blessed Eid al-Adha,” he wrote on Twitter.
Wishing Muslims here in the UK and around the world a very happy and blessed Eid al-Adha. #EidMubarak pic.twitter.com/sMP5HFJMU0
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) July 9, 2022
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese also sent a message to Muslims saying, “today more than 600,000 Muslims are an integral part of the rich mosaic” of the country. He further added that he is “proud to serve alongside three Muslim Australians in my government.”
Eid Mubarak! pic.twitter.com/kdyggZLO4F
— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) July 8, 2022
Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour party and member of parliament for Holborn and St Pancras, also shared a message to congratulate Muslims on `Eid.
Today we send our best wishes to members of Muslim communities here in the UK and abroad.
We hope that this day is joyous and blessed for all. #EidAlAdha pic.twitter.com/VIuMGMVqa5
— The Labour Party (@UKLabour) July 9, 2022
`Eid Al-Adha, or “Feast of Sacrifice”, is one of the two most important Islamic celebrations, together with `Eid Al-Fitr.
`Eid begins with special prayers to mark the day. Muslims then offer udhiyah, a ritual that commemorates the great act of sacrifice Prophet Ibrahim and his son Isma`eel.