“Eid al-Adha is a time to honor the sacrifice, resolve, and commitment to Allah Almighty demonstrated by Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham). Eid al-Adha is an opportunity for prayer, forgiveness, and celebration.
I am urging people to remain safe and vigilant in their Eid-al-Adha celebrations. During this pandemic, we should all remember that small scale festivities from home can be just as enjoyable as those carried out in larger groups, and I am confident these humble gatherings will be as blessed as grander ones usually held in our homes and mosques. We must make sure that everyone remains safe during this time and adheres to guidelines.
As we saw during Ramadan, Muslims were scapegoated and we cannot let this overshadow the celebrations of Eid and the sacrifice of Hajj. We do not want to give rise to Islamophobic hateful narratives that some groups will try to propogate if social distancing guidelines are not adhered to when Eid celebrations commence. I, along with Imams across the country, advise people to continue to be extra cautious and respectful in their celebrations.”
Imam Qari Asim, Senior Editor, ImamsOnline