31st of July, 2020. Georgetown, Guyana, South AmericaLast updated: July 31, 2020 at 15:12 pm
The outgoing president of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Mr. David Arthur Granger, has today, 31st of July, 2020, sent a powerful and heartwarming message to all Guyanese on the occasion of Eid al-Adha – a National Holiday which is celebrated by the Muslim Population of Guyana.
Note: The word is most popularly spelled “Eid al-Adha,” but it is also spelled “Eid ul-Adha.” The two variations of the spelling refer to the same holiday.
The Message Reads
Message of His Excellency Brigadier David Granger
President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana
on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha 2020
Eid-ul-Adha – the feast of the sacrifice – is a sacred festival that commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim’s unshakeable faith and unwavering obedience to Allah’s command to sacrifice his beloved son Ishmael.
Eid-ul-Adha is observed throughout our country with the offering of prayers and the distribution of food, usually the meat of a sacrificial lamb, and alms to the less fortunate in society. These expressions of generosity to the poor and needy strengthen the chords of cohesion among people in our country. They demonstrate our common humanity and concern for others. They are a manifestation of our collective endeavour to build a more equitable society where everyone will be treated with dignity and respect.
Guyanese, today, are becoming a more caring, considerate and compassionate people. We are working towards living in an inclusive society in which everyone, regardless of race, religion or region of residence will be respected and no one will feel excluded or marginalized.
I pray that the outpouring of charity and concern for others, which is characteristic of Eid-ul-Adha, will promote greater harmony in our beloved country! I wish all Guyanese, but especially our Islamic community, a peaceful and joyous Eid-ul-Adha.