Liberal Democrats leader, Rt Hon Vince Cable MP has released his Eid al-Adha message for 2017.
Also called the “Sacrifice Feast”, Eid al-Adha is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two. It honors the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ismaeel, as an act of obedience to God’s command.
Before he sacrificed his son God intervened by sending his angel Gabriel, who then put a ram in his son’s place. In commemoration of this, an animal is sacrificed and divided into three parts: one third of the share is given to the poor and needy; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is retained by the family.
Vince Cable’s Eid al-Adha message in full
“I would like to extend my warmest wishes to all those observing Eid al-Adha this year.
“This holy festival teaches us about the importance of sacrifice, selflessness and charity; helping us turn our focus away from our ourselves and on to the needs of others.
“Eid al-Adha presents us with an opportunity to reflect upon our duty and responsibility to one another, through acts of generosity and compassion.
“These values are at the core of Islam’s message and are principles which resonate and align with the Liberal Democrat principles of equality and unity.
“I am in awe of the ongoing contributions of Muslims to British society, in everything from business to education, to charity, which not only bring communities together, but also showcase the very best of both British and Muslim values.
“These acts of generosity stand in marked contrast to the rising tide of hate crime and Islamophobia. Together, we must take every possible opportunity to defiantly condemn all acts of hate and intolerance.
“Let us all continue to champion a more open, tolerant and united Britain.
“Wishing you and loved ones a happy and peaceful Eid. Eid Mubarak!”
British Prime Minister Theresa May has also released her own Eid al-Adha message to Muslims in the UK, Kenya and worldwide.