Dec 09, 2008 News
The Muslim community yesterday celebrated Eid-ul-Adha, more commonly referred to as the ‘Festival of Sacrifice.’ The day is usually observed after the month of fasting—Ramadan — and is celebrated in honour of the prophet Ibrahim, who was willing to sacrifice his son as a proof of his loyalty to God.
The celebration sees the sacrificing of an animal, usually a cow or a sheep, and the sharing of the meat among family, friends and the needy.
The festival also marks the end of the Pilgrimage or Hajj to Mecca which is also observed by Muslims throughout the world to commemorate the faith.
As with Eid ul-Fitr, there is an early morning prayer for the Eid. Celebrations last few for a few days.
The Qur’an shows that the Devil tried to persuade Ibrahim to disobey God and not to sacrifice his beloved son, but Ibrahim stayed absolutely obedient to God and drove the devil away.
Eid ul-Adha is a celebration of this supreme example of submission to God, which is the cornerstone of the Islamic faith.
Eid ul-Adha is a public holiday in Guyana. The day dawns with communal prayer at daybreak on its first day, at the local mosque.
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