Eid-ul- Adha Message From the President of the CIOG – July 2021
“This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed my favors upon you, and have
chosen for you Islam as your way of life. “ (Holy Quran-Chapter 5 Verse 3)”
All gratitude is due to Allah (SWT), Lord of all creation, peace and blessings on the Prophets and
the final Prophet to mankind (SAW), his family and Companions. I extend Eid Mubarak greetings
on behalf of the Central Islamic Organization of Guyana and pray that Allah, the Almighty, accept
all our sacrifices and good deeds.
Eid-ul-Adha is the commemoration of one of the most celebrated Prophet and his family in history.
Our father, Ibrahim (peace be upon him) or Abraham. He is known as the common patriarch or
what is referred to as the Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The day of Eidul-Adha, is the commemoration of the sacrifices of our father Ibrahim (peace be upon him), and
his family. This struggle at its core revolves around his absolute and pure devotion to Allah (swt),
GOD Almighty. Him and his family’s willingness to sacrifice his prized possession and that which
he loved most, his son Ishmael, fulfilling the commandment of his Lord.
Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) is described as the forefather of all the Prophets who came
after him, including Moses, Jesus, and our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Prophet Ibrahim
(peace be upon him) is accorded the highest status in the Holy Quran and is described in Chapter
16: verse 120), as an “Ummah,” a nation. Imagine a single person referred to as an Ummah. This
is partly because the amount of good, his exemplary submission to Allah (SWT), and his sincerity
in his worship, all embodied to the degree of an entire Ummah, a nation. He was given the title of
Khaleellullah, or friend of Allah.
His submission to the lord is confirmed in the Quran, “When his Lord said to him ‘Submit’, he
said ‘I have submitted [In Islam] to the Lord of the worlds” (Holy Quran-Chapter 2: Verse 131)
Now that Eid-ul-Adha is upon us how should we commemorate this day? Eid-ul-Adha is a season
of reflection, happiness, family bonding, and bridging the gap between the rich and poor, as well
as nurturing mutual compassion for all of humanity. Eid is also an opportunity to demonstrate
solidarity despite we are experiencing another year of not being able to observe the Hajj. The
Muslim Ummah and the world continues to experience crises and face challenges. We are in a
period of a great test, which should motivate us to reflect on the blessings of the lord which we
take for granted. We must not become complacent during this pandemic, many have lost their
loved ones due to Covid-19, and therefore we must give abundant thanks. Let us use this
opportunity as an impetus which drives us to be more compassionate to all of humanity. The
pandemic does not discriminate, every race, color, creed or social. Standing have been affected.
We must respond in the spirit of sacrifice, compassion and selflessness.
Eid al-Adha is the celebration of the reformation of the human condition from that of servitude to
men to the Creator of all living and non-living things. We must remain humble and do not fall into
the trap of considering yourself better than others; Remember Allah (SWT) says, “People, we
created you all from a single man and a single woman, and made you into nations and tribes so
that you should get to know one another. Allah (SWT) reminds us, “The most honored of you are
the ones most mindful of Him: God is all knowing, all aware.” (Holy Quran – Chapter 49: verse
Considering Eid as a unifying factor, I humbly request you to join me in raising our hands in
supplicating to The Almighty for Blessings and Protection of our Muslim brethren and all of
humanity. Let us pray for peaceful co-existence in Guyana and the entire world. Change begins
with the person in the mirror. Our actions must prove that we mean no ill to anyone and we must
remember that we are all part of one humanity. Each one of us has to be the change that we desire.
Verily, Allah (SWT) will not change the condition of a people until they change themselves. (Holy
Quran – Chapter 13: Verse 11)
As we enjoy ourselves, let us keep the remembrance of God ever present on our tongues and in
our hearts. Let us extend kindness to our less fortunate. Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him,
described the days of Eid. ‘They are days of eating, drinking, and remembering Allah.”
Allah (SWT) reminds us about Prophet Abraham in the Quran, “Indeed, the most worthy of
Abraham among the people are those who followed him [in submission to Allah] and this Prophet,
and those who believe [in his message]. And Allah is the Wali (protector and helper) of the
believers.” (Holy Quran Chapter 3: Verse 68)
Our Father, Prophet Ibrahim, peace be upon him, epitomized the verse of the Quran:
Allah (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us).”
(Holy Quran Surah Al-Imran 3: verse 173)
May Allah (SWT) bless you and your families and make us people who strive to bring benefit to
others. Let us become agents of peace, instilling harmony among people regardless of ethnicity
and creed. Let us be protectors of each other. May GOD bless our nation as we all strive for a
better country! May Allah (SWT) show us right as right and help us to follow it and show us evil
as evil and enable us to stay far away from it. I pray our reflection leads us to be true followers fo
the great Prophet, Patriarch, our father, the Friend of GOD Ibrahim (Abraham), peace be upon
him and his family.
Eid Mubarak Eid Mubarak Eid Mubarak
Al-Hajj Shahabudeen Ahmad