THE HONOURABLE PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA
SEMPENA SAMBUTAN HARI RAYA AIDILADHA 1430 HIJRAH
IN CONJUNCTION WITH AIDILADHA 1430 HIJRAH CELEBRATIONS
ON 10 ZULHIJAH 1430 H CORRESPONDING WITH 27 NOVEMBER 2009
Assalamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh,
Salam Sejahtera and Salam 1 Malaysia,
1. Firstly, let us raise our gratitude to Allah S.W.T., for with His divine aid we are able to celebrate Aidiladha this year in peace, moderation and full of blessings. Aidiladha is a celebration observed throughout the Muslim world. It is the biggest and most meaningful celebration in Islam other than Aidilfitri. Aidiladha is celebrated on 10, 11, 12 and 13 Zulhijjah every year. It begins with the Aidiladha takbir on the night of 10 Zulhijjah, followed by the recommended Aidiladha prayer and sermon on the morning of 10 Zulhijjah, then the completion of the religious rite of qurban on 10, 11, 12 or 13 Zulhijjah.
2. The religious duty of qurban is explicitly recommended upon us who are able to do so with livestock such as cattle, goats and others so that the meat can be distributed among the poor and destitute. Besides the qurban or sacrifice of livestock, Islam teaches many other lessons on sacrifice including the issuance of tithes on our possessions and income according to specific calculations so that the wealth can be shared and used by those in need.
3. Clearly, the willingness to sacrifice by donating wealth to help the powerless is strongly urged in Islam. We must be grateful for the bounty bestowed by Allah S.W.T. and be ready to sacrifice to help the poor and be aware of the misfortunes of others. In truth, Islam engenders a concerned, caring and mutually respectful society regardless of faith, ethnicity, colour or political belief.
4. Today we see several of our states suffering from floods. Sadder still, while in the midst of Aidiladha celebations, many Muslims are forced to celebrate in relief centres.
5. They are forced to celebrate amid hardship and scarcity with their homes submerged and surrounded by water. Therefore, we must commemorate this blessed occasion with a symbol of sacrifice by extending any possible help to ease the burdens of our brothers and sisters who have fallen victim to these floods.
6. Any assistance in the form of goods or money is much needed, and more so after witnessing the destruction and damage caused upon their life possessions. Hence, on this blessed occasion, do not leave them alone and unaided. Similarly with other Muslims who are in distress. Help must be given where needed.
Ladies and gentlemen,
7. Sacrifice also means a call to followers to always forge unity, prevent discord and champion the cause for peace so that the welfare of Muslims are protected and the integrity of Islam is preserved. We must cast aside self-interest for the greater good of the rakyat. Alhamdulillah, the Muslim community in our country can perform their religious duties in peace. This is a blessing that some Muslim communities in other countries cannot enjoy.
8. Truly, Muslims in our country are respected for being a progressive, disciplined, skilled and learned community. This is yet another blessing bestowed by Allah S.W.T. upon us. Hence, we must embrace a Wasatiyah (Moderate) approach by according respect for all faiths, ethnicities and communities.
9. Together, let us dispense with differing political views, be willing to sacrifice our own interests, demonstrate our awareness and gratitude by banding together in raising the integrity of our faith, fostering healthy relationships with our fellow countrymen of all heritage, religion and race. Appropriately as a Muslim, we must perform our duties and responsibilities and observe the teachings of Allah S.W.T. by closing ranks, fostering the spirit of one-ness, and institutionalising the silaturahim bonds among fellow human beings.
10. On this hallowed day, let us not forget the haj pilgrims who are performing the fifth pillar of Islam in the Holy Land. Let us pray to Allah S.W.T. for the pilgrims to be able to complete their religious duty and are bestowed Haj Mabrur and that they safely return to our homeland. May their experiences in the Holy Land bring value to heighten our reverence and devotion to our faith.
11. In closing, my family and I wish all Muslims in Malaysia a Happy Hari Raya Aidiladha, wherever you may be. Let us celebrate this occasion together with our friends of all races in the muhibbah spirit. This is the recipe for a united ummah in the 1Malaysia Concept that we all dream of.
Wabillahi Taufik Walhidayah Wassalamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.