The Islamic Council of Victoria (‘ICV’) is the peak body for Muslim organisations in Victoria. The ICV represents Victoria’s more than 120,000 Muslims; through its 38 member organisations located throughout metropolitan Melbourne and rural Victoria.
The ICV takes this opportunity to wish Australia Eid Mubarak. Many Australian Muslims will mark the end of the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca, or Hajj, with communal prayers and celebrations at locations around the country. The Hajj is one of the pillars of Islam, and is most important event on Islam’s spiritual calendar.
The prayers and the holiday that follows are called Eid ul-Adha, or “festival of the sacrifice.” Eid ul-Adha also commemorates the Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael at God’s command. The holiday is celebrated with the prayers, small gifts for children, distribution of meat to the needy, and social gatherings. During this holiday, Muslims exchange the greeting “Eid Mubarak” or “blessed Eid.” Each year, some two million Muslims, including thousands of Australian Muslims, go on Hajj.
The ICV also welcomes the anti-terror statement by Saudi Arabia’s top religious leader made in a sermon at the peak of the Hajj. In his sermon to millions of pilgrims gathered on the plain of Arafah, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Sheikh called for religious moderation and stated Islam prohibits terrorism, extremism and injustice.
Acting President of the ICV, Sherene Hassan said: “It is tremendously important that such a well-known Muslim leader would put forward an unequivocal declaration condemning terrorism and religious extremism during the largest Islamic gathering in the world and on the most important day of Islam’s spiritual calendar.
“The significance of the Grand Mufti’s statement is made even more noteworthy given the fact that it was delivered in the same spot as the last sermon offered by the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, some 1,400 hundred years ago.
The ICV takes this special opportunity to wish all our Hajjee’s a Hajj Mabroor and a safe return home to their families.
Yours in Islam,
ICV Acting President