17 March 2000
I would like to congratulate all Muslims who have successfully performed the Haj and wish all Muslims a happy Eid. Eid-ul-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice at the end of the Haj marks the story of the Prophet Ebrahim and the immense sacrifice that he and his family were prepared to make for the sake of truth and faith. The rituals and symbolic acts contained in the Haj are a constant reminder of the principles by which we are called on to live our lives by: faith; repentance; honesty, simplicity; equality and charity.
Today we commemorate this act of sacrifice by our own acts of sacrifice and charity to the less fortunate. I would like to commend South African Muslims for their contribution to assist our brothers and sisters in our neighbouring country, Mozambique at this difficult time