بسم هللا الرحمن الرحيم
نحمده ونصلي م على رسوله الكريم
Where millions of Hujjaj from every corner of the globe would have been gathered on the plains of Arafah chanting “Labbayk, Allahumma Labbayk. Here I am, O Allah, here I am”, due to the pandemic, only approximately one thousand pilgrims have been blessed with the opportunity to grace these sacred plains this year.
In the prelude to the celebration of Eid al Adha, throughout the world, every Muslim will be reciting the Takbir al-Tashreeq after every Fard Salaah until Asar on 13 Dhul Hijjah, in unison with the fortunate Hujjaj this year.
Eid al Adha is synonymous with sacrifice, where we offer qurbani in emulation of the test faced by Nabi Ebrahim (AS) who was prepared to sacrifice his son Ismail in total subjugation to our Creator. Presently we all should be absorbed in absolute devotion to our Creator to seek His mercy and to beseech Him to relieve us from this pandemic.
The whole world is in tumult as this pandemic has created tremendous hardship for society which has required them, too, to make sacrifices owing to straitened finances, and by keeping away from their loved ones, even to the point of not being able to pay their last respects to those who have passed on, so that we help stop the spread of the virus.
Others have continued to selflessly put themselves and their families at risk as they continue to serve as dedicated frontline health care workers.
On this day of Eid al Adha we also remember the many families that have lost their loved ones. This week we were informed of the demise of Marhoom Ahmed Ismail Pohplonker. May Allah grant all the deceased Jannatul Firdaus, In Shaa Allah.
The Hujjaj mounted the plains of Arafat and bowed to the Creator in humility, equality, solidarity and devotion, echoing:
الله أكبر .. الله أكبر .. لا إله إلا الله ، الله أكبر .. الله أكبر .. ولله الحمد
Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest. There is no deity besides Allah and Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and all praises are for Allah only.
As the Takbir al-Tashreeq resonates in our hearts and our homes in the days preceding the Eid celebrations, we wish every Muslim throughout the world Eid Mubarak and trust that you will enjoy the day known as the festival of sacrifice.
Over the past two weeks we have shared with you brief profiles of the officials and executive members comprising the JHESS 2020/21 Executive Committee. Today we share the last few executive members’ profiles in this communique.
Please click here to view the profiles.
As previously indicated, we will henceforth communicate with our membership and friends on a monthly basis as from 1 Muharram 1442 (20 August 2020), or as the need arises.
Lastly, we once again appeal to everyone to maintain their vigilance by adhering to the non-pharmaceutical protocols of maintaining physical distancing, wearing masks and washing hands regularly.
Have a joyous and blessed Eid.
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy.
Mohamed Salie SC
Issued: 31 July 2020