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Johannesburg - Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile wished Muslims Eid Mubarak as they celebrated Eid al-Adha, the feast of sacrifice, on Wednesday.
“Eid Mubarak to our Muslim brothers and sisters who are celebrating this significant religious holiday over the next few days,” he said.
The arts and culture department said Eid al-Adha commemorated the Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael, in keeping with God's command. It also marked the end of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.
Eid al-Adha was traditionally marked with prayers and the slaughter of sheep or cattle, whose meat was shared with family, friends and the poor in a symbol of piety.
“As a country, we are no strangers to sacrifice. It was acts of selflessness by brave men and women that helped create our diverse nation,” said Mashatile.
“As we look ahead to our 20 years of democracy next year, we must acknowledge that much has been achieved, but there is still more to be done.
“Let us draw fresh inspiration from this, the feast of sacrifice, and work together to build a better South Africa.” - Sapa