Sunday, November 28, 2010

Calgary's Jewish, Christian and Muslim Communities Commemorate Eid-ul-Adha

On Monday, November 22, 2010, Calgary's Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities came together at City Hall to commemorate Eid-ul-Adha with Mayor Naheed Nenshi and other municipal leaders. The event was hosted by the Shia Ismaili Muslim Community of Calgary.

One of the major Muslim festivals, Eid-ul-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) commemorates the willingness of Abraham, the Father of the three monotheistic faiths, to sacrifice his son upon God’s command. The story of Abraham is about entrusting oneself in loving obedience to God. It reminds us of the principles that Abraham represented: truth, morality and respect for all God’s creation.

The divine spark that bestows individuality also binds individuals to a common humanity. Humankind, says the Qur’an, has been created from a single soul, as male and female, communities and nations, so that people may know one another (49:13). It invites people of all faiths to a common platform, to vie for goodness.

This year’s event celebrated the shared values of compassion and care. We all came together and celebrated our common Abrahamic, monotheistic tradition and ethical principles founded on shared human values.

Mohamud Zaver, president of the Ismaili Muslim Council for the Prairies, gave the welcome address.

The keynote speaker, Reverend David Pollard from Airdrie United Church, talked about "The Dialogical Imperative: the need for intentioned interfaith conversation in a changing Calgary.”

Oren Z. Steinitz, the Jewish Chaplain at University of Calgary led the prayer.

Mario Toneguzzi from the Calgary Herald wrote an article on the event. It can be found here.