OIC Secretary General Congratulates Muslims on Eid Al-Adha and Calls for Avoiding Divisive Discourse

The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Iyad Ameen Madani, conveyed his greetings to Muslims the world over on the occasion of Eid Al Adha Al Mubarak.

Madani wished all those performing Hajj, a blissful Hajj; and expressed his hope that Hajj will inspire cohesion and common purpose across the Muslim World.

The great bonding experience Hajj embodies, Madani added, is an opportunity to reflect on the daunting challenges facing the Muslim Umma externally and from within; and on how to earnestly face up to them, seeking the teaching and the moral example of the Prophet of Islam (saaws).

Invoking the numerous resolutions made over the years by the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) unanimously stating the appreciation and gratitude of all Member States of the OIC, with no exception, to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the efficient and effective manner it manages the Hajj and cater for Hajjis needs, the Secretary General expressed indebtedness to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, and the government and people of Saudi Arabia for the absolute priority they attach to the service and care for Hajjis and those performing Umra and visiting the Prophet’s mosque in Al- Madina Al-Munawwarah.

Madani added that using Hajj to impose a political discourse, that is both erroneous and offensive, and to go back on the resolutions made by the OIC regarding Hajj, can only lead to more division, fitnah, and sedition within Islam and the Umma; and goes against the spirit of Hajj and deconstruct the bonding it represents.

The Secretary General expressed his hope that in this year’s Hajj and in Eid Al Adha, we can find a new beginning, a renewed hope, a reinvigorated will to build a Muslim example of cohesion, tolerance, prosperity and peace.


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