PM: Aidiladha is about gratitude and helping the needy

KUALA LUMPUR: Hari Raya Aidiladha teaches Muslims to be grateful for the blessings granted by Allah and be willing to help the needy, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

With this help, the unfortunate community would not be marginalised, he added.

The willing-to-help attitude is in line with the Keluarga Malaysia (Malaysian Family) concept which he introduced in August last year to ensure that no one is left behind, Bernama reported.

In facing economic challenges, Ismail Sabri said the government was doing its best to address the impact of inflation, including setting up a special task force dubbed Jihad Tangani Inflasi (Jihad on Addressing Inflation) to resolve the difficulties faced by the people.

But he noted that the government could not do this alone. He said everyone needs to work together to address the challenges.

“This is our jihad to ensure the country’s economy recovers,” he said in a special Aidiladha message that was broadcast live on local television channels last night.

Ismail Sabri said the spirit of sacrifice would make the country strong and continue to progress in facing the challenges ahead.

HE added that the spirit of tolerance based on the concept of “tasamuh” in Islam is one of the important elements to uphold unity and well-being of Keluarga Malaysia.

“An open-minded attitude allows us to continue to develop and protect ourselves from disagreements that will only harm the ummah,” he added.

He said the willingness to sacrifice wealth to help the poor was a virtue called for by Islam and it was a symbol of our obedience, piety and servitude to Allah.

The Prime Minister said Aidiladha, which is closely linked to repentance, sacrifice, togetherness and gratitude, gave great meaning to Muslims to continue to live in harmony despite various uncertainties and setbacks.

He also called on members of Keluarga Malaysia to set aside political differences and prove their repentance and gratitude by jointly enhancing the dignity of religion as well as fostering good relations with friends from other races and religions.

He also expressed his hope for the well-being and safety of more than 14,000 Malaysian pilgrims in Mecca and for them to accomplish “haji mabrur” (proper haj that is accepted by Allah).

“My family and I would like to wish all Muslim members of Keluarga Malaysia ‘Selamat Hari Raya Aidiladha’ wherever you are,” he said.

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