Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on all Muslim nations to make efforts for restoring peace and security to crisis-hit Islamic countries and expressed the hope that Muslims would show “the beautiful face” of their religion to the world.
In separate messages on Thursday, President Rouhani congratulated heads of states in Muslim countries on Eid al-Adha, one of Islam’s holiest festivals celebrated annually around the world and an official holiday in Muslim-majority countries.
“On the eve of this blessed Eid, I hope that by receiving the unlimited divine mercy, and with the efforts of all the Islamic governments and thinkers, we will restore peace and tranquility to Islamic countries,” he said.
The president further expressed the hope that Muslims would make every effort to introduce the beautiful face of true Islam to the world.
In the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha occurs on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah and is also the third day of the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.
For Muslims, Eid al-Adha commemorates the day when Prophet Abraham was going to sacrifice his son but was instructed by God to offer an animal instead. Eid al-Adha in Arabic literally means “festival of the sacrifice”.