Muslims Emphasize Sacrifice on Eid Amidst COVID
Annual Festival of Sacrifice teaches Muslims to continue helping those in need
This Friday, July 31st, American Muslims will join Muslims worldwide to celebrate Islam’s most important holiday, Eid-ul-Adha, which marks Prophet Abraham’s spirit of sacrifice. Commemorated at the close of the Hajj pilgrimage at the holy Kaaba in Mecca, this day is celebrated globally to remind Muslims of the importance of sacrifice, service to humanity, and gratefulness to God. As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA has communicated to its membership in all 62 chapters across the country to celebrate Eid-ul- Adha at individual homes.
Earlier this year, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Khalifa (Worldwide Head) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, instructed that while “observing precautionary measures…help whoever [you] can. To please Allah, it is essential that one takes care of His creation and most importantly, beseech Allah the Almighty’s mercy for their own sake and for the sake of mankind.”
“It is more important now more than ever to remember what God has given us,” said Amjad Mahmood Khan, National Director of Public Affairs for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “So many fellow Americans are struggling right now due to the unrelenting grip of COVID-19. As Muslims, we should strive to show our gratitude through prayers to God and service to humanity.”
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA calls on Muslims to amplify their spirit of sacrifice this year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Community continues to offer food distribution through its aid organization, Humanity First USA (usa.humanityfirst.org).
About the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community:
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, reformist and fast-growing international movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the Community spans 213 countries with tens of millions of members. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, established in 1920, is the oldest American-Muslim organization.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long- awaited messiah has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) of Qadian, India. Ahmad claimed to be the metaphorical second coming of Jesus of Nazareth and the divine guide, whose advent was foretold by the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad. The Community believes that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace. Ahmad’s advent has brought about an unprecedented era of Islamic revival and moderation. He divested Muslims of fanatical beliefs and practices by vigorously championing Islam’s true and essential teachings.