Today, the Muslim community worldwide is celebrating the festival of Eid el Kabir in commemoration of the life of Prophet Ibrahim who willingly offered to sacrifice his only son Ismail, in fulfillment of a pledge he made to Allah. By his readiness to act without prompting, the prophet demonstrated the significance of honesty of purpose, and of redeeming pledges solemnly made to fellow human beings.
That indeed is the spirit of Eid el Kabir, and it has endured through the ages to this day. Muslims of whatever tribe and nationality are united in this spirit, and strive to emulate the noble virtue of obedience and piety.
As we mark the eid el Kabir leadership should ponder the challenges confronting citizens and how to proffer solutions to burning issues of the day: security of lives and property, food security and personal liberty, illiteracy and diseases. It is unfortunate that the vast majority suffer today because those entrusted with leadership have failed to live up to expectation.
This is an opportune time to change course and begin to lead by example. As we Ghanaians approach the countdown to the next general elections just two months to go, we plead for peace during and after the elections at the same time our politicians should not forget the pledges they make for improving the lives of the electorate as soon as they are voted into power. More than anything else, they should shun violence.
Those already in positions of authority need to do more by way of delivering on promises made to justify their mandate, thereby emulating the example set by Prophet Ibrahim.
Our Muslim community should use this occasion to pray for those who are presently at the pilgrimage to the Holy Land to return home to their families safely.
It has always been said but let me reiterate that we need to move together in the light of the spirit of Allah if we are to save our world from intolerance, disrespect, violence injustice and greed. And it is only through a constant association with the Nuur(light) of Allah that we can achieve this.
In celebrating this holy occasion I am always reminded of the good teachings and inspirations of Walliullah Imam Alhaji Nuhu, the great scholar and founder of the Islamic Community of Kamgbunli. May The Peace and Blessings of Allah Be Upon him. Taqabbala Allahu minna wa minkum.
(May Allah accept from us and from you).
“Kul ‘am wa enta bi-khair (May every year find you in good health)
Wishing you all Eid-ul- Mubarak
E: Embrace with open heart
I: Inspire with impressive attitude,
D: Distribute pleasure to all.