Happy Eid Adha!

Friday, August 09, 2019

Muslims around the world are preparing to observe Eid Al Adha, which is one of the two festivals of Islam.

This important religious festival practiced by Muslims all over the world is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhu Al Hijja.

Dhu al-Hijjah is the 12th and most sacred month of the Islamic year, during which observant Muslims travel to Makah for Hajj. However, during the Hajj, Muslims remember the trials and triumphs of the Prophet Ibrahim.

In a nutshell, the event (Eid Al Adha) marks the conclusion of the important worship of Hajj or pilgrimage to Makah.

Also known as the “festival of sacrifice,” the observance commemorates the prophet Ibrahim’s readiness to sacrifice his son in order to demonstrate his dedication to God.

It all came after Prophet Ibrahim was about to execute a command of God to kill his only son. Upon hearing this command, he prepared to submit to God’s will.

As he was all prepared to execute this command, God revealed to him that his “sacrifice” had already been fulfilled.

During the festival of Eid al-Adha, Muslims acknowledge the devotion of Ibrahim, who was willing to sacrifice his son, Ismail, under the order of Allah SWT (God).

Hajj is a Muslim practice where all able-bodied adults of the Islamic faith are expected to complete Hajj at least once in their lifetime if they have the means.

Meanwhile, during Eid Al Adha celebrations, Muslims slaughter animals such as sheep, goat or cattle as sacrifice.

However, the meat from the sacrifice of Eid Al Adha is mostly given away to those who are more in need, so you are actually feeding the poor.

The act symbolizes Muslim’s willingness to give up things that are of benefit to colleagues.  It also symbolizes willingness to give up some of their bounties, in order to strengthen ties of friendship and help those who are in need.

We congratulate all those who were able to make the holy journey to Makah and wish them a safe return.

We want to wish all Gambians a Happy Eid Al Adha!

“O You who believe! Enter absolutely into peace (Islam). Do not follow in the footsteps of satan. He is an outright enemy to you..”

Holy Quran: 2, 208