KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday urged Muslims in the country to imbibe the spirit of Aidiladha as the celebration could foster unity between Muslims in general and others.
The prime minister said by fully appreciating the meaning of Aidiladha, Muslims would be able to strengthen the spirit of brotherhood, oneness and sacrifice.
“Muslims who reject unity will make themselves vulnerable to the enemies of Islam, who will infringe upon the religion, and weaken and destroy it and its followers.
“Indeed, the unity and peace bestowed upon us is an invaluable gift that must be protected.
“In fact, it is obligatory for us to practice fairness when dealing with one another even if we are from different communities and subscribe to different religions and beliefs,” he said in a message in his blog www.1Malaysia.com.my in conjunction with the Aidiladha celebration today.
Najib said the Aidiladha celebration this year was more meaningful as it followed the National Day celebrations and Malaysia’s emergence as the champion of the just-concluded 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.
The prime minister also shared his joy over Malaysia sending the largest number of haj pilgrims to the Holy Land this year.
“We wish to record our thanks to the Saudi Arabian government for easing the management of our pilgrims as we were the first country to participate in the haj pilgrims pre-clearance programme this year, in which our pilgrims were exempted from going through Customs and passport checks in Mecca and Madina.
“This privilege was also offered to us because of the close relationship we have established and maintained with the Saudi Arabian authorities,” he said.
Najib also called on Muslims to celebrate the Aidiladha with full gratitude and faith, besides strengthening bonds with one another so as to build a successful ummah in this life and the hereafter. – Bernama