As Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha, the Mufti of Rwanda, Sheikh Salim Hitimana, has heartened them to remember the poor and needy on this day and help in whatever way they can.
While explaining that this is the time for celebration by offering sacrifices like camels, cows, goats and sheep in order to commemorate the mercy of Allah, who spared Prophet Ibrahim from having to kill his son Ishmael, he stressed that acts of kindness assist Muslims to grow spiritually as they share happiness and strengthen the bond with their families, friends and neighbours, even non-Muslims.
“As we are still in the period of 100 days of commemorating the Genocide against the Tutsis, this day of Eid al-Adha, we are reminding Muslims to keep in mind that it’s our responsibility to be with Genocide survivors and comfort them,” he said.
Sheikh Hitimana also noted that Eid and after Eid is all about forgiving people, just like we would want Allah to forgive us.
He highlighted that no matter how hard it may seem, it is possible to let go of grudges and move on—forgetting the bad, despite still feeling the hurt and pain.
Hitimana also said that on this Eid al-Adha, the management of the Rwanda Muslim Community and its partners are expecting to slaughter 1,320 cows and 1,200 goats.