Thursday, 18 August, 2022
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Eid-ul-Azha signifies self-purification

Eid-ul-Azha, the second major religious festival of the Muslim community, will be celebrated in our country on July 10. Prayers will be offered for global peace and prosperity of mankind. Divine blessings will be sought and the solemnity of the occasion will have to be maintained in a joyous mood. This is a festival of sacrifice, not an occasion to show off worldly riches. The holy ritual teaches us to sacrifice our precious things for the sake of Allah, the Almighty. By sacrificing animals, we should aim to purify souls by removing our inner greed, grudge and hatred et cetera. As Muslims, we must understand and be ready to overcome our egotistical and materialistic outlook and work towards achieving a society that promotes equality for all.

The festival appears to be a reminder of the universality of submission and sharing. This year, Eid is being celebrated in our country at a time when hundreds of thousands of people turned pauper due to the onslaught of floods. As they are unable to celebrate Eid with the usual joyfulness, it is our moral and religious obligations to share their grief by extending helping hands towards them. Our prayers are with all Muslims who are not able to celebrate the festival in a befitting manner as they are besieged by natural disaster, war, poverty or other difficult circumstances.

In our society, the festival's spirit is not properly reflected in various stages of Qurbani. Things get worse once the slaughtering starts. Ignoring warnings from the city corporations, many people throw away animal wastes hither and thither creating public nuisance. In some cases, people do not clean their residential premises properly. Because of the unhygienic practice, residents living in the vicinity suffer a lot. All these indicate that the spirit of sacrifice is far away. So, everyone must ensure cleanliness during the festival. We truly hope that the essence of sacrifice, both spiritually and materially, embrace us all.

What better can we celebrate this festival if we pledge to purify ourselves and our souls. We pledge to confirm ourselves to the spirit of Islam. Happy Eid Mubarak to all!