Hajj Mubarak and Eid Greetings

Posted on December 30, 2006
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Adil Najam

From all of us at ATP we congratulate the over 2 million Muslims – including the nearly 200,000 Pakistanis – who performed Hajj yesterday.

To me, the Hajj is an amazing and powerful symbol of equality and unity in a world distraught with frictions and factions.

It is not just a symbol of ‘Muslim brotherhood’ but of human oneness. It is not simply a connection – in its rituals and its meanings – amongst the Abrahamic faiths; it is also a spiritually moving and visually powerful symbol of the unity of all humankind. There are those who wish to reduce the meaning of the message to merely one religion, or even one sect. I, at least, have always found it a more universal message and moved by the symbolism of unity and harmony of all.

On this day, even as one reads comments on blogs such as this, reads the newspaper, or simply tunes into television news, one finds conversations that highlight differences: between rich and poor, East and West, ‘gooras’ and ‘kaalas’, between shias and sunnis, between ethnicities, between sects, between races, between political parties, between ‘liberals’ and ‘mullahs’, between ‘us’ and ‘them’.

It seems that everywhere and always we are not just divided but we take pride in our divisions. Our language, our vocabulary, our thought processes are geared to highlight our differences with others. We take a perverse pride in these differences, whether we consider ourselves to be ‘superior’ to others or we believe ourselves to be victims of differentiation.

Today, as I see pictures of Hajj I am moved – as I always am – by the sea of humanity and the oneness of that humanity. Today, on what is Eid day for me here in Boston, I pray that the message we take is one of humility; that the feeling we have are of universal humanity and fraternity, and the vows we make are of peace and goodwill for all and everywhere.

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10 responses to “Hajj Mubarak and Eid Greetings”

  1. TURAB says:

    EID MUBARAK to ALL readers and friends!
    GOD Bless you ALL! Ameen

  2. Eidee Man says:

    Yes, a great sentiment indeed.

    As the Prohphet (SAW) said, “Today I trample under my feet all distinctions of caste, colour and nationality”

  3. Samdani says:

    Nice picture and sentiments. I hope the sentimemt of humanity is the one we all take from this.

  4. Asma says:

    Sharing your prayers, I wish Eid Mubarak and Hajj-e-akbar to Muslims all around … somwhow Muslims would again celebrate three eids this year in Pakistan … !

  5. Ibrahim says:

    Salamalikum,

    It’s a powerful act that reinvigorates faith. A definite lesson to be learned about unity from Hajj. I join you in your prayers. Eid Mubarak and Eid Saeed to all of you.

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