“Today marks Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, a significant and joyous occasion celebrated by Muslims in Alberta and around the world. As the second and largest of the two major Islamic holidays, Eid al-Adha is a time for communities to unite in prayer, enjoy festive meals, support those in need and express gratitude for life's blessings. This holy day is an opportunity for Muslims to reflect on the profound values of sacrifice, devotion to faith, compassion, love and generosity.

“Eid al-Adha commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God, a powerful reminder of faith and dedication. The holiday also coincides with the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, which is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and a profound spiritual journey for millions of Muslims.

“On this blessed occasion, we extend our heartfelt wishes to all those celebrating. May your prayers be answered, your sacrifices appreciated, and your homes filled with joy and harmony.

“I wish a happy Eid to all celebrating this holy day.

“Eid Mubarak.”