The National Chairman of the Ghana Muslim Mission and Chief Executive of Amen Scientific Herbal Hospital, Sheikh Dr. Amin Bonsu has urged Muslims to continue adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols while they join others around the world to celebrate Eid al-Adha on July 31, 2020.
In a statement, he said: "We urge everyone to adhere strictly to the safety protocols as outlined by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana. These measures are necessary in order to keep everyone safe from contracting COVID-19 (Coronavirus)".
"More importantly, let’s ensure handwashing with soap under running water, apply hand sanitizers, avoid handshaking, always put on your nose mask, avoid crowded places and ensure social distancing" he added.
Read the full statement below
EID UL-ADHA MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF GHANA MUSLIM MISSION-SHEIKH DR. AMIN BONSU
Praise and Thanks be to Allah, the Almighty, the Creator, the Owner and Sustainer of the Heavens and the Earth. We bear witness that He is the only one worthy of worship and Muhammed (S.A.W) is indeed His servant and true Messenger. May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W) and all the Prophets including Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, their families, companions and all those who follow the truth until the Day of Judgment.
The day of Eidul al-Adha is also known as "Al-Eid Al-Kabir", or the Major Feast. The word 'Eid is an Arabic word meaning a festivity, a celebration, recurring happiness, and a feast. The second 'Eid’ is the Feast of Sacrifice and it is to be celebrated for the memory of Prophet Ibrahim trying to sacrifice his son Isma'il(Ishmael) as a mark of faith.
The Holy Qur'an describes Ibrahim(A.S)as follows: "Surely Ibrahim was an example, obedient to Allah, by nature upright, and he was not of the polytheists. He was grateful for our bounties. We chose him and guided him unto a right path. We gave him good in this world, and in the next he will most surely be among the righteous." (Qur'an 16:120-121). It is very important to understand that the sacrifice itself, as practiced by Muslims, has nothing to do with atoning for our sins or using the blood to wash ourselves from sin. This is a misunderstanding by those of previous generations: (Qur'an 22:37) says, "It is not their meat or their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him".
We implore Muslims and all Ghanaians, especially the youth, to celebrate the Eid –Adha calmly and solemnly with the fear of God and be mindful of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We urge everyone to adhere strictly to the safety protocols as outlined by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana. These measures are necessary in order to keep everyone safe from contracting COVID-19 (Corona Virus).
More importantly, let’s ensure handwashing with soap under running water, apply hand sanitizers, avoid handshaking, always put on your nose mask, avoid crowded places and ensure social distancing.
Don’t ruin your rewards and contaminate the good deeds with bad deeds like indecent dressing, beach parties, drinking alcohol and smoking, motorbike displays among others. These are the ways of shaytan (Satan). Remember that Allah is All-Knowing and All-Seeing. Know that we will stand before Him and account for our deeds.
The joy of this special moment should be shared with everyone especially the needy in our societies like the orphans, widows and poor people on the street, those in prisons, the sick, the aged and all other vulnerable persons. Indeed, there is great reward in giving and Allah will surely reward you.
Let us live in peace with our children, wives, family members, friends and all others around us. Love each other and live in harmony.
What is more important is that we donate generously towards very rewarding projects like the building of schools and colleges as well as hospitals and other infrastructures for the benefit of our people and the reward of Allah. This is one of the things that would fetch us blessings even after death. The Prophet (S.A.W) said when a man dies all his rewards on earth ceases except three things. These are:
1. Sadakatul Jaahiya (something he did that people are still benefitting from even after his death).
2. The dua or prayers of his good children.
3. The good religious knowledge he imparted to people.
In addition, we urge parents to train their children in a more spiritual and moral way, so that they become better persons in the future.
We pray for the whole nation, the well-being of everyone and we ask Allah for Allah’s protection against the deadly COVID-19 (Corona Virus) and ask Him to heal all those affected and protect everyone and eradicate the virus from the entire world.
We pray to Allah to continue to bless us to enjoy more peace and prosperity. We also ask For Allah’s blessings for H.E the President and the entire Government, all political parties and State Institutions and ask Him to guide and protect them.
We also advise all Muslims to make their animal sacrifices in very hygienic conditions, and it should be cooked well before eating. Eid Mubarak!!!
SHEIKH DR. AMIN BONSU
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