Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has extended his best wishes for the good health, long life, happiness, peace, prosperity and continued progress of all the Nepali Muslim brothers and sisters within the country and abroad on the occasion of Bakra-Eid, one of the two major festivals for Muslims worldwide.
In a message on the occasion, Koirala said Nepal is a common garden of various castes and communities speaking different languages and following various religions, culture, traditions and costumes, and noted that despite this diversity, the sense of tolerance, patience and friendliness that is found in every Nepali has engendered cordial relations among each other which has, in turn, strengthened Nepal’s nationality.
The Prime Minister also expressed his commitment that religious and cultural freedom would be guaranteed in the forthcoming constitution at this historic occasion when the Constituent Assembly is in the process of drafting a new constitution.
Eid-ul-Juha (Bakra-Eid) is also called the Eid-al-Adha or Eid-ul-Adha. This festival has special importance in Islam.
According to tradition, Bakra-Eid starts with the sacrifice of animals in commemoration of Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael as per God’s command. In his recurring dreams, Ibrahim is told by the God to sacrifice his son and accordingly, he prepares his son for the sacrifice. Ibrahim attempts to cut Ismail’s throat, he finds his son unharmed and instead finds a slaughtered dead ram.
UCPN (MAOIST) CHAIRMAN DAHAL’S WISHES FOR GOODWILL
UCPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has also issued a message on the occasion.
“May the festival of Bakra-id shower happiness and goodwill among all Nepalis,” Dahal’s Eid message says.
In the message, the UCPN (Maoist) chairman expressed his party’s commitment to continuously remaining active towards institutionalizing the rights and identity of the Muslim community.