As Muslim faithful all over the country celebrate the big Sallah known as id-el-kabir which commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to obey and follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, the Abia state Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has congratulated the Abia Muslim community on this holy occasion and wished them a peaceful and joyous celebration.
In a good will message to the Muslim faithful, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Godwin Adindu, Governor Ikpeazu expressed his love and that of the government of Abia State towards the Muslim brethren and enjoined them to use the occasion of the id-el-kabir to preach and promote peace and harmony in the state and in the country.
The governor also reminded the entire Muslim community in Nigeria to imbibe the significance of the celebration which involves forgiveness to one another and obedience to Allah who represents love and peace to mankind.
Governor Ikpeazu also commended the Abia Muslim community for being a partner in progress with government in the effort to uphold the peace and unity of the country adding that the Muslims in the state are good patriots and ambassadors of not only the state but Nigeria in general.
The Governor said he was happy that the Muslims in Abia are the authentic followers of the true teachings of Allah and the precepts of the prophet, noting that they have demonstrated this in their life of tolerance and spirit of community which have contributed to the general atmosphere of law and order in the state.
Describing Islam as a great world religion which upholds the spirit of love, peace and charity, Ikpeazu charged Muslims all over the world to extend the spiritual benefits of the big Sallah in ensuring a world of peaceful co-existence and a world devoid of violence.
He said they must use the occasion of the sallah to demonstrate that the world is United by one common humanity.