Muslims across the world celebrate Eid-ul-Adha or Hajj Festival today. Eid-ul-Adha is also known as the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’. The observance commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim’s readiness to sacrifice his son in order to demonstrate his dedication to Almighty Allah. Eid-ul-Adha or Hajj Festival takes places on the 10th day of the final month of the Islamic lunar calendar Dhul-Hajj, which is the 12th and most sacred month of the Islamic year during which observant Muslims travel to the holy city of Makkah for Hajj. The Hajj is the pilgrimage to the holy city of Makkah and all able-bodied adults of the Islamic faith are expected to complete Hajj at least once in their lifetime.
Issuing a message President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that the Hajj festival is a spiritual celebration that displays the spirit of mutual understanding, compassion and exchange of fond greetings among the Islam devotees the world over. I believe this is also a significant period in which the Muslim community bestows their traditions upon the future generation.
All religious leaders have shown the concepts and principles that are needed for the well-being of humans. The contribution made by those erudite teachings and principles to strengthen peaceful coexistence by enhancing social and spiritual values is highly praiseworthy. It is vital for the better sustenance and continuity of the world.