BCMA Pres­i­dent EID-AL-ADHA Mes­sage

The Miracle - - Special - Daud Is­mail Pres­i­dent, The B.C. Mus­lim As­so­ci­a­tion

Bis­mil­lah ar-Rah­man ar-Rahim In the name of Al­lah, the most Gra­cious, the most Mer­ci­ful Dear re­spected broth­ers, sis­ters, elders and

chil­dren. As­salamu’Alaykum wa Ra­hamat­ul­lahi wa Barakatuhu On be­half of The BC Mus­lim As­so­ci­a­tion, of­fi­cials and staff, it is my plea­sure to ex­tend a very warm and joy­ous EID MUBARAK to you and your loved ones. To­day we cel­e­brate Eid-ul-Adha fol­low­ing the best 10 days of the year - the blessed days of Zul Hi­j­jah. We cel­e­brate the sig­nif­i­cance and spirit of sac­ri­fice pre­served in the life and legacy of Prophet Ibrahim (AS). His en­tire life from child­hood to fa­ther­hood was filled with nu­mer­ous tri­als, tribu­la­tions and sac­ri­fices. As a child, he was tested when seek­ing the Cre­ator of the uni­verse. He was phys­i­cally tor­tured when he chal­lenged the be­liefs of the dom­i­nant cul­ture of his fa­ther. His pa­tience was again tested as a hus­band and fa­ther, when he was in­structed by Al­lah to leave his wife and son in the scorch­ing heat of the bar­ren desert of Makkah. He faced the ul­ti­mate trial of his life in old age when he was com­manded by Al­lah, in a dream, to sac­ri­fice his only son. Prophet Ibrahim (AS) was the ul­ti­mate shin­ing ex­am­ple of sac­ri­fice for gen­er­a­tions to fol­low. There is a les­son for us all and it’s im­per­a­tive to re­flect on our spirit of sac­ri­fice for the bet­ter­ment of Is­lam, our com­mu­nity, our coun­try and most im­por­tantly our­selves . This is the spirit of un­selfish­ness and sac­ri­fice that we need to re-es­tab­lish in an era de­fined by greed, ego­ism, self-pro­mo­tion and self­ies! Every be­liev­ing Mus­lim crave to per­form the pil­grim­age at least once in a life­time and come closer to Al­lah (swt) and ask for­give­ness and re­gret their short­com­ings. We make a gen­uine com­mit­ment to Al­lah that we sin­cerely re­pent and prom­ise to change

and live the rest of our lives as a true be­liever, a true Mus­lim. Al­lah swt, in HIS in­fi­nite mercy, will grant our wish, In Sha Al­lah; BUT, some tend to for­get that mo­ment, that prom­ise and com­mit­ment over­time and con­se­quently, dou­ble-deal­ing, dis­hon­esty, ly­ing again be­comes nor­mal. It is ex­pected that we are con­scious of the prom­ise and gen­uinely change our life oth­er­wise the jour­ney is mean­ing­less no mat­ter how many times we per­form the Hajj. I usu­ally re­mind this to ev­ery­one. To­day, vi­o­lence and anti- Mus­lim sen­ti­ments are wide­spread and our Ummah is faced with strange phi­los­o­phy that is try­ing to de­stroy the fun­da­men­tal mes­sage of Is­lam. We are pass­ing through chal­leng­ing times. We are con­fronted with de­cep­tive mes­sages and we need to ed­u­cate our so­ci­ety and ev­ery­one about the true mes­sage and glory days of Is­lamic cul­ture and civ­i­liza­tion. We live in an age where se­cu­rity and safety is a ma­jor con­cern es­pe­cially our sis­ters due to big-

otry and ha­tred mostly fil­ter­ing from the South. I hope and pray that you and your fam­i­lies have a won­der­ful Eid. On this aus­pi­cious oc­ca­sion, let’s re­new the lessons learned from our beloved Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) and bring change in our lives and make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of other peo­ple. May Al­lah swt bring us all closer to Is­lam and en­able us to ful­fill our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and make us a bet­ter Mus­lim. May He bless and re­ward all the vol­un­teers and hard work­ing of­fi­cials of BC Mus­lim As­so­ci­a­tion and their fam­i­lies for their ded­i­ca­tion, loy­alty and sac­ri­fice…. Ameen! “EID MUBARAK”

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