Eid al-Adha holds deep religious significance as it commemorates the Quranic account of Prophet Abraham’s unwavering willingness to sacrifice his son, Ishmael. However, at the last moment, God intervened and replaced the human sacrifice with a lamb, emphasizing that human life should never be taken in the name of God.
The day is traditionally observed by the ritualistic sacrifice of an animal, commonly a goat, sheep, or cow. The meat from the sacrifice is then distributed amongst neighbors, family members, and those less fortunate in the community.
Sheikh Hitimana Salim, the Mufti of Rwanda, expressed the immense importance of Eid al-Adha and encouraged Muslims to exemplify virtuous behavior. He emphasized that this occasion is a day of great joy and urged Muslims to uphold love, respect, and adhere to the teachings of Abraham, who demonstrated profound reverence for God.
Mufti Hitimana fervently urged all Muslims to distance themselves from any actions that tarnish the reputation of Islam, particularly acts of terrorism. He called upon the Muslim community to disassociate themselves from all forms of evil and negative influences.
Among others, Mufti Hitimana appealed to those with means to slaughter livestock, and share the joy of the feast with friends and the needy.
He highlighted the importance of learning from the story of Abraham, who, out of love for God, was prepared to sacrifice his own son. This account serves as a powerful reminder for Muslims to emulate Abraham’s devotion and strengthen their connection with the divine.