x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

A timely Eid reminder

Trying times remind us of the underlying message behind Eid Al Adha.

As Muslims across the globe welcome Eid Al Adha, it will be in profoundly different circumstances than those of celebrations in previous years.

In Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, Eid celebrations will remember the sacrifices undertaken by so many people to rid themselves of dictators. To be sure, there are still difficult times ahead but celebrations will be accompanied by a renewed sense of dignity. For others across the Middle East, there will be very little to celebrate this year.

These are trying times for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The growing threat of another global recession and the EU crisis have left few countries untouched by uncertainty. People might have less to give and feasts may not be as extravagant as in previous years. But it is also a reminder of the generosity and selflessness that epitomises Eid Al Adha.

Through donations by UAE residents, charity organisations such as the Red Crescent and Dubai Cares have been making a difference for many who are less fortunate around the world, from people affected by Pakistan's floods to those caught in East Africa's famine. And across the Emirates, small selfless acts knit communities together.

Austerity and sacrifice may be on everyone's mind, but it is exactly at times like these that the true meaning of Eid Al Adha flourishes.