In a few hours, the blessed Eid al-Adha will be upon us, with its spiritual meanings and Islamic duties, and with what it brings of a renewed call for us to sacrifice, strive and elevate.
Eid al-Adha is an occasion for gathering and intimacy and a tightening of the bonds of society, and a space for giving, generosity and benevolence, as it is an oasis for prayer and worship accompanied by a sound intention to the House of God, the Mighty, its faithful shelter and its fortified house.
On this blessed occasion, there is an opportunity to do good and refine the mirrors of hearts, and a space in which joy converges with caution, striving on behalf, and rushing to adhere to the controls and to guard against life’s dangers.
My beloved brothers and sons, in these critical social, economic and health conditions, we can only urge the fulfillment of the spiritual and social duty, and stress the need to limit large gatherings to narrow circles whose space expands for the path of goodness and monotheism, and to draw attention to the necessity of moderation and not extravagance in the manifestations of the feast. The abbreviation of what most people are accustomed to in terms of hospitality and extravagance, as in rationing and sufficiency with some responsibility and consideration for the nation, because the feast is in essence not in appearance, and because the social situation requires us to preserve our people and spend what is necessary in order to help the needy and to invest in more preservation of the social cohesion.
Eid Mubarak, may God Almighty bring it back to you with goodness, grace and safety.
Beirut on the eighth of Thul-Hijjah 1442 AH, 18-07-2021 AD. Doctrinal Council of the Unitarian Druze sect.
Sheikh Al Aql