IMPHAL: Governor Dr Najima Heptulla, Chief Minister N Biren and many others extended greetings to the people, particularly the Muslim brethren on the auspicious occasion of Eid uI-Adha falling on tomorrow.
Governor Dr Najima Heptulla in her message stated Id-Ul-Zuha meaning ‘festival of sacrifice’ signifies the spirit of sacrifice rising above the narrow barriers of one’s ego and self-interest for the good of all. The festival promotes tolerance, harmony and goodwill amongst different communities. On this sacred occasion let us forget our differences and usher in an era of peace and harmony in Manipur.
Chief Minister N Biren in his message said, Id-ul-Zuha, the festival of sacrifice which falls in the Islamic month of Dhu alHijjah, is celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety in India and the world. It commemorates the ancient story of great faith and sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim in the form of his son Ismail to God. This feast inspires us to give away that which is dear to us and earn the Pleasure of Allah.
Considering the prevailing Situation of COVID-19 infection In the State, I once again exhort the people of Manipur to take maximum precaution to stop spread of the COVID-l9. As we all know, avoiding social gathering and maintaining social distancing are the key measures which we all need to observe to break the chain of infection of this dreaded disease. I appeal the people to restrict the celebration by offering ritual prayers in the safety of their homes. Let us once again pledge to protect our community and population through our individual and collective responsible action, he added.
K Robindro, Deputy Speaker Manipur Legislative Assembly in his message said, this day reminds all of us of the pristine faith and sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim in the form of his own son Ismail to the Almighty Allah. The moral of the event is very much relevant to our Society even today in such a way that if there is sacrifice from the bottom of heart among us, peace and prosperity will prevail in the Society forever.
It is very hard and difficult for all of us to celebrate and enjoy the festival during this Lockdown Period due the Pandemic COVlD-l9 outbreak. Even though, let us be calm, have patience and pray to the Almighty for a speedy recovery and normalization to the Society. The only way to prevent and protect ourselves from the dreaded disease is to follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) instructed by the Central and State Government from time to time, he added.
Works, RD&PR Minister Thongam Bishwajit in his message said, Id-ul-Zuha, the festival of sacrifice epitomizes the spirit of sacrifice overcoming one’s ego and narrow seIf-interest for the larger good. This festival inculcates charity which is the basic framework for peace, amity, brotherhood and harmony amongst the many communities.
This year, the COViD-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted the entire world, presenting an unprecedented challenge before us all. Let this festival once again inspire the people in our collective fight to defeat this pandemic. Let us once again pledge to contain the spread of the disease by following SOP like maintaining social distancing, wearing mask, avoiding large gathering in the larger interest of the people and the state, he added.
Joining in extending Eid greetings, Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee president M Okendro conveyed his heartiest message of rejoice, unity, harmony, sacrifice and love to the Muslim brethren in Manipur in particular and other communities in general.
This festival reminds us of sacrifice by Ibrahim on the commands of Allah and sharing of happiness among all. I am sure the festival of Id-ul-Zuha will continue to promote the spirit of love, cooperation and sacrifice among all people living in Manipur, he added.