January 24, 2006
EID-UL-ADHA RRECOGNITION CEREMONY AT THE LEGISLATURE
Edmonton -Speaker Ken Kowalski is pleased to announce that a ceremony recognizing the Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Adha will take place on Thursday, January 26, 2006 in the Rotunda of the Alberta Legislature. The ceremony will begin at 5:00 p.m.
Eid-ul-Adha means “Festival of Sacrifice”. It is one of two festivals celebrated by all Muslims worldwide. It is also the oldest of religious festivals celebrated by all Muslims. The Eid falls on the 10 th day of Dhull-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic Calendar and marks the end of the annual pilgrimage (Hajj) to Mecca .
Eid-ul-Adha commemorates God's test of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son for God. This is a story common to both the Old Testament and the Quran (The Holy Book of Islam).
There are approximately 75,000 Muslims residing in Alberta and approximately 1.2 billion Muslims worldwide. This ceremony reflects both the ethnic and religious diversity in the province of Alberta and in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.
The celebration of the festival will consist of remarks from the Premier, Hon. Ralph Klein; Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, the Honourable Ken Kowalski; Official Opposition representative, Mr. Mo Elsalhy; and the Leader of the New Democrat Opposition, Mr. Brian Mason.
In addition, a presentation to The Edmonton Food Bank will be made on behalf of the Muslims of Alberta.
Joining the ceremonies will be Members of the Legislative Assembly and leaders of various Muslim communities.