President Nana Addo has asked Ghanaian Muslims to use the occasion of Eid-ul Adha to reflect on the virtues and values for which the festival is celebrated.
According to him, Eid-ul Adha does not only call for celebration but, more importantly, for reflection.
Muslims around the world are today August 21, 2018, celebrating Eid-ul Adha, a festival of sacrifice which seeks to honor Ibrahim (Abraham) who in an act of obedience attempted to sacrifice his son.
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In an Eid-ul Adha message, President Nana Addo admonished Muslims not see the festival as a mere ritual and urged them to â€œhold fast to the robe that Allah has united us with, which is the nation of Ghanaâ€.
This he will fulfill theâ€ aim of making Ghana great and strong.â€
Here is the full message.
â€œI wish all Muslims in Ghana and around the world a joyful Eid-ul Adha celebration.
Eid-ul Adha is a great occasion that does not call for celebration, but, more importantly, for reflection. We cannot be mimicking Prophet Ibrahimâ€™s act of sacrifice merely as ritual. Every occasion of Eid should be an occasion for reflecting on all the virtues and values that defined the momentous occasion, which has become the basis for celebration thousands of years after it took place.
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It is also an occasion for us to hold fast to the rope that Allah has united us with, which is the nation of Ghana. In doing so, we shall achieve our aim of making Ghana great and strong.
The Eid-ulÂ Adha festival
Eid al-Adha is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allahâ€™s (Godâ€™s) command to sacrifice his son.
Muslims around the world observe this event.
The first, Eid al-Fitr, lasts several days and marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.
The second, known as the Greater Eid or Eid al-Adha, commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to Allah.
Eid al-Adha is also known as the Festival of Sacrifice.