The day before Eid celebrations, Tony Burke MP gave a beautiful speech in parliament on Monday 20 August 2018 explaining the significance of Eid Ul Adha and his well-wishes to all Muslims celebrating. 

The video received over 42 000 views, 2000+ like/love ratings, 800+ shares and 250+ comments, receiving words of encouragement and thanks from the Muslim and general community.

Here is a transcript of his speech:

“Overnight, Muslim communities in Australia and around the world will be celebrating Eid al-Adha. Eid is a celebration that brings together all the Abrahamic faiths.

The story of the Koran, the Torra and the Bible is the same, described as either Abraham or Ibrahim, the son described as either Isaac or Ishmail.

But in each of the faiths, it’s a story of sacrifice and a story of faith.

The rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage coincide and have their roots in the story of the Prophet and emphasise the importance of faith and patience in time of hardship.

Early in the morning, many Australians will be at sunrise finding their way to mosques and echoing choruses of peace and unity as family, friends and communities gather to share blessings and well-wishes for the safe return of loved ones from the Hajj. Children

Children will be in their brand-new clothes and there will be a spirit of peace and goodwill that those communities will be wishing to all Australia.

To all of those celebrating from here in parliament, I wish people Eid Mubarak and express, as I think it is important to, the gratitude for what people from every part of the world bring to this country.”

Responses from viewers included

“East or west. Tony Burke is the best. Blessed to have a leader like you. Good on you sir and wish you best of luck.”

“You are truly a man of the people Tony.”

Thank you Tony Burke for being a decent Australian at a time when it is not very obvious.”

“Love this guy,, Eid Mubarak to you too brother, may God bless you and your family and friends”

“I would follow and support you as leader of the Labour Party – and as Prime Minister”