The atmosphere of Eid al-Fitr in Ethiopia surpasses the sectarian strife in Gondar

More than a million Ethiopian Muslims have performed Eid al-Fitr prayers at Addis Ababa Stadium, amid a wide turnout of expatriates and an official presence hosted by Ethiopian Finance Minister Ahmed Shede, President of the Ethiopian Islamic Council Sheikh Omar Idris, and the representative of the mayor of Addis Ababa, Meles Almo.

While the stadium was full, the ranks of Muslims expanded on the roads leading to it, amid the joyous presence of hundreds of expatriates who participated at the invitation of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, with an official presence presented by the Mayor of Addis Abeba, Adanish Abbe, and the head of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs in Ethiopia, Mufti Haji Omar Idris and a number of imams and scholars of Ethiopia.

Hundreds of Ethiopian Muslims in the diaspora took part in the celebration of the Ethiopian Muslims of Eid al-Fitr this year within the “From Eid to Eid” program, launched by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed.

Abi Ahmed launched an invitation to the Ethiopian Muslims in the diaspora and citizens of neighboring countries, and what he described as the friends of Ethiopia, to come and celebrate the Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha holidays in the country, where a set of religious, cultural and social events were arranged specifically for those coming to Ethiopia.

In a majestic scene, hundreds of thousands of worshipers from across the capital, Addis Ababa, have streamed, in their bright clothes, through the main roads leading to the stadium since the early hours of the morning, amid meticulous organization and arrangement by young people and charities. organizations that usually prepare and arrange religious events for the Muslims of Ethiopia, Distinguished in their clothing and adorned their badges with crescents as an Islamic symbol.

After the end of the Eid prayer in the capital Addis Ababa Stadium and the surrounding streets, a limited riot took place, and the Addis Ababa police said: “A limited riot took place of some unidentified individuals outside the capital stadium and it was brought under control, “explained in a brief statement that damage had been done. Some properties were caused by a limited riot by some individuals near the Martyr Museum just before the end of the Eid prayer.

The Addis Ababa police confirmed that the situation had returned to normal, and called on citizens to calm down and celebrate the holiday.

Insults and calls for forgiveness

On the eve of Eid al-Fitr, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed congratulated the Muslims of his country on the blessed Eid al-Fitr and called for tolerance, peace and love among all Ethiopians.

Abi Ahmed explains. In a long congratulatory message, Ramadan this year was marked by love and national unity in Ethiopia and will always be remembered, referring to the “From Eid to Eid” program he launched and received a wide response.

“At a time when there are many demonic hands in the world, it requires everyone to be patient and handle events carefully,” the Ethiopian prime minister continued.

He pointed out that Eid al-Fitr meant solidarity, interdependence, charity and virtuous values ​​for Muslims by caring for others, and called for these values ​​to be used to help Ethiopians displaced by wars, droughts and conflicts.

President of the Islamic Council

In turn, Sheikh Omar Idris, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs in Ethiopia, urged Muslims to be tolerant, united and in solidarity, saying that Islam is a religion of harmony, love and mercy, and it is important that this virtuous too light. values ​​in all our actions.

Idris stressed the need to maintain security, peace and stability through unity and tolerance, adding that maintaining peace and unity is one of the greatest values ​​that Islam demands, and emphasizing co-operation and mutual respect between all groups in society. the safety valve is for our country.

Idris referred to the events of the city of Gondar last week, which claimed dozens of lives, and said that the recent tragedy in Gondar should not be repeated in any other part of the country, and called for the perpetrators to become justice.

He added that the Muslim and Christian communities in our country have greatly contributed to overcoming the problems we have faced as a nation in the past, and we need to relocate this role to overcome our challenges.

The head of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs in Ethiopia continued: “We all know that our country is currently going through a transformation that requires patience and determination,” and explained: “Let us use the joys of Eid as an opportunity to seize this opportunity. for progress and peace … I respectfully ask that we treat it with care, patience and tolerance. ”

Idris indicated that the government had given land to the council to build a mosque near the headquarters of the African Union in the center of the capital, Addis Ababa.

He said the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs in Ethiopia had received the piece of land and laid the foundation stone, stressing the completion of preparations for the construction of the largest mosque in the capital, and an appeal to philanthropists and businessmen at the home and abroad done to contribute. to complete this task.

Before the prayer was performed, the ceremony was witnessed by official speeches by the head of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (an independent body recognized by the government), and the administration of the capital, represented by a speech by the representative of the mayor of Addis Ababa.

The celebration was also attended by a number of imams, sheikhs and representatives of Islamic groups, in addition to representatives of the embassies of Islamic countries in Addis Ababa.

And last Tuesday, sectarian violence broke out in Gondar, northern Ethiopia, killing more than 20 people and injuring dozens. It also set fire to a number of shops and properties and affected some places of worship in the area.

The damage to places of worship for Muslims caused a flurry of anger in Ethiopian cities, especially the capital, Addis Ababa University and other cities that witnessed protests, condemning the sectarian violence in the city of Gondar.

Last Thursday, the Ethiopian Joint Security Task Force announced the arrest of 280 suspects for their involvement in the violence.

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