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Thursday, 1 August 2019
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Dr ALY (Cowan) (13:36): While members and senators are away on break over August, millions of Muslims around the world will be celebrating Eid-ul-Adha. In my family, we call this the 'big Eid', which is unlike Eid-ul-Fitr, which is observed at the end of Ramadan. Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated after the completion of hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid-ul-Adha is a four-day celebration, celebrating the spirit of sacrifice. It re-engages those of Muslim faith with the principle of not putting worldly possessions before their relationship with God.

Just as we in this chamber are going on break and will have time to spend with our families, Muslims around Australia and around the world will be taking time to renew their connection with family and God. This is another reminder of how a diversity of faith and culture in this nation draws people together. Many Muslims will be inviting their non-Muslim friends to participate in Eid ceremonies, and I would encourage all members, if invited, to participate. The food is great, and I particularly recommend the hummus!

It is also fitting that I am on my feet today, as, three years ago, I delivered my first speech in this place on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Adha. I hope all members in this place will join me in wishing Muslims, both here and around the world, a blessed and, particularly, a peaceful Eid-ul-Adha. So, from my family to yours, happy Eid!