Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has congratulated Muslims for witnessing this year’s Eid –el- Kabir festival.
Governor Fayemi in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, urged Muslims in the state to imbibe the lessons of sacrifice and total submission to the will of Almighty Allah..
The Governor charged Muslims to use the period to pray for the peace, stability and prosperity of Ekiti State which he noted is on the path of rapid development in all sectors.
Describing Sallah as a period for sober reflection, Fayemi advised Muslims in Ekiti to celebrate the festival with moderation.
He said Prophet Ibrahim’s readiness to obey Allah’s command to sacrifice his son Ishmael marked a dramatic turning point in the worship of his Creator who provided a ram for the sacrifice.
The Governor noted that Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice gave him a double gain as God spared Ishmael’s life and provided a ram to be slaughtered instead of the son.
Fayemi said, “This has lent credence to one of my oft-repeated maxim which says that there can be no gain without pain.
“Taking a step to sacrifice one’s only son in obedience to the wish of Allah could be very painful and traumatic but the Prophet gained a lot by choosing to obey Allah and damn the consequences.
“We should always be ready to make sacrifices which may be unpalatable at present but very gainful and sweet in the nearest future.
“I urge Muslims in Ekiti State in particular and Nigeria in general to draw lessons from the humility, piety, devotion and sacrifice exhibited by both Prophet Ibrahim and Ishmael.”
The Governor also wish the Muslims Umar who are observing this year’s Hajj a safe return from Saudi Arabia
Last modified: October 25, 2012