Today Muslims here in the United Kingdom and across the world are celebrating Eid al-Adha.
This Islamic festival commemorates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son on God's command. This well know story is also found in the Book of Genesis in the Bible as well as the Quran.
Eid al-Adha follows the first 10 days of the holiest months in the Islamic calendar. Millions will also choose to perform Hajj.
This pilgrimage to Mecca, the centre of the Islamic world, should be made at least once in a lifetime by all who follow the religion.
Earlier this year Sajjad was fortunate enough to visit Mecca and whilst there he saw for himself the embroidery of the beautiful coverings that adorn the Qabba.
Made from the finest Italian silks; Austrian & German machines help make the covering and Sajjad was able to make a small contribution of his own, helping to stitch some embroidery to it -
Millions of Muslims recently undertook their Hajj pilgrimage and now we celebrate Eid across the globe. Eid Mubarak, Eid blessings, to you all.
Theresa May has recorded her first Eid message as Prime Minister. You can watch watch the video on the No. 10 website at this link. and the transcript is below:
Prime Minister Theresa May said:
To all Muslims in Britain and around the world I wish you a blessed Eid al-Adha. I know this festival means a great deal to communities, a time when families and friends are brought together to pray and feast, and Muslims across different continents are brought together in faith.
And as you share in that spirit of togetherness, I think proudly of the many ways people in this country connect with each other and enrich our nation’s life.
I see this in politics where British Muslims are making a real difference, in enterprise and the running of multi-million pound businesses, and in the courage and dedication of those who safeguard our streets and serve in our armed forces.
I see this in the charity and compassion of our Muslim communities, whose members give so generously to those less fortunate.
And I also see this in the way people are brought together with those around the world through the strong bonds of shared history, family relationships, and concern for those suffering and in pain. I think particularly of the ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq. Our more than £2 billion contribution, our largest ever response to a single humanitarian crisis, is helping people caught up in that appalling conflict and I am pleased that we will be continuing to provide support to those in need.
As Prime Minister, I want to see our communities go from strength to strength. Bringing people together and ensuring that everyone is able to make the most of the opportunities Britain has to offer, no matter what their background, and no matter where they are from, is central to my government’s mission. As I said when I stood on the steps of Downing Street, I want to make this a country that works for everyone.
I am proud of the contribution British Muslims make to this country, and proud that Britain is home to people from vibrant and diverse backgrounds.
So to all Muslims, in this country and around the world, I want to say Eid Mubarak. I wish you a happy and peaceful Eid.