Muslims across India celebrate “Eid-ul-Adha”
Eid-ul-Adha, festival of sacrifice, is celebrated on the tenth day of Duhl -Hijja.
It is the last month of the Islamic year.
Muslims on this day sacrifice their domestic animals like goat, sheep, cow, camel etc. to commemorate the willingness of Holy Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Hazrat Ismail as an act of obedience to God.
Wearing new dresses, Muslims, thronged at Idgahs and Mosques right from the morning to offer special Eid prayers.
In Delhi, the special Eid prayers, led by Maulana Ahmad Bukhari, Mufti Mukarram and Syed Mohsin Taqavi, held at historic Jama Masjid, Fatehpuri Masjid, Masjid-e-Shiian at Kashmiri Gate and Idgah.
In their addresses, the Prayers Leaders while congratulating the fellow citizens on the auspicious occasion, said: 'We offer our greetings and good wishes to all fellow citizens. Let us resolve to work together for peace, brotherhood, happiness and in a spirit of unity for the good of the nation'.
They said that it is a festival hailing the sacrifice of self and ego to the Almighty Allah. The festival lays great emphasis on charity and empathy for the needy and the underprivileged.
“Let us, on this occasion, reaffirm our resolve to further strengthen the spirit of brotherhood, unity of our cultural bonds and national integration,” they added.
Prayers were followed by the traditional offering of Qurbani (sacrifice) by the people at their houses and share the meat with neighbours, family, relatives, friends, and the poor, to symbolize the sacrifice of Holy Prophet Ibrahim.
It is mandatory to distribute Qurbani meat in three equal portions - the first portion can be kept at home, the second distributed among the poor and the third among relatives, friends and neighbours.
Greeting each other with well wishes for the festival along with the meat of the slaughtered animal, Muslims spend time with their near and dear ones to spread love and happiness all around.
Delicious food and drinks are served to all those people who visit Muslim places on this festival.
Meanwhile, India’s President, Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Vice President Hamid Ansari and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi greeted the countrymen on the occasion.
In her message, the President said: “On the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, I convey my cordial greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens and to my Muslim brothers and sisters in particular.”
“May the festival bring all the communities and religions of India together in a celebration of our composite culture and civilization,” she added.
Vice President Ansari, in his message, said the festival celebrates the spirit of sacrifice shown by Prophet Ibrahim and promotes the feeling of compassion and love to serve the poor and the needy.
He called upon the people to celebrate this festival with joy of sharing, charity and serve the cause of humanity.
Manmohan Singh said Eid-ul-Zuha is an occasion to remember the spirit of supreme sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim and the festival teaches us to be humble, charitable and to work for the greater good of humankind.
Reports of celebrations are coming from different parts of the country. With situation now normal after many months of disruption in Kashmir Valley, Eid-ul-Adha is being celebrated with full fervor there.
The adequate security arrangement has been made throughout the country for peaceful celebration of Eid-ul-Adha.
The festival is incorporated in the great pilgrimage to Holy Mecca which should properly be made during this month but it is also observed all over the Muslim world at the same time.
The underlying importance of this festival is the spirit of sacrifice (Qurbani) in memory of Holy Prophet Ibrahim's great act of faith many centuries ago.
Kashmiri Muslims celebrate Eid El Adha in tears, with protest/PHOTO
Muslims all around the world continue celebrating Eid El- Adha with prayers and sometimes with tears as in Kashmir
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 15:45
Kashmiri Muslims who live under Indian occupation gathered in mosques and prayer grounds for Eid-ul Adha prayers and pray for freedom in tears, as they protested Indian occupation as well.
Eid celebrated in Sarajevo
Two months and ten days after the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Adha, a festival of sacrifice that calls on Muslims to unify around a common cause -- equality and brotherhood.
Eid-ul-Adha falls during the time of hajj and commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to God before he intervenes to sacrifice a ram instead.
Believers honour the dead and slaughter a sheep -- called a qurban -- to symbolise the sacrifice. Festivities in BiH are marked by gifts to children and full dinners for family and guests.
Many Sarajevo residents who spoke to SETimes said that although they will continue to celebrate with family and friends as in years past, they will not slaughter the qurban.
This year's Eid-al-Adha festivities in BIH coincide with an exhibition on manuscripts of the Qu'ran, organised by the Historical Archive of Sarajevo and hosted by the 16th century Kursumli Medresa, also known as Sarajevo's first higher school.
Renowned Sarajevo Professor Esad Durakovic spoke at the opening ceremony last Friday (November 12th) and described the exhibition as "a testimony of continuity".
"The Qu'ran offers an opportunity for interpretation both through its calligraphic manuscripts as well as book binding methods," he explained.
The exhibition features major manuscripts of Islam's holy book as well as samples of Arabic calligraphy. Among the highlights is a Qu'ran copy dating back to the 14th or 15th century.
Also on display are seals of Bosnian and Herzegovinian governors found on decrees and orders from the period between 1463 and 1807. They are permanently stored at the Dubrovnik State Archives but have been brought to Sarajevo for the current exhibition, largely through the efforts of Dubrovnik-based archivist Vesna Mijovic.
KHALID AMAYREH: HAPPY EIDUL ADHA TO ALL OF YOU
Khalid Amayreh – Journalist & political commentator in Occupied Palestine
Like every year, the occurrence of Eidul Adha or Feast of Sacrifice this year coincides with a further narrowing of Palestinians’ horizons. The manifestly racist Israeli government is relentlessly trying to translate its Nazi-like ideology into laws and facts on the ground, with its ultimate nefarious goal being to ethnically cleanse and drive away non-Jews into exile..
Unfortunately, the international community is doing nearly nothing to stop this insolence and arrogance of power on the part of the ghoulish Israeli regime.
This cowardly international stance is reminiscent to the policy of appeasement which major western powers adopted vis-à-vis Nazi Germany in the years leading up to the outbreak of the Second World War.
The United States, which should display responsibility at least in proportion to its international standing as a super power policy of appeasement , is behaving very much like an obsequious mighty whore vis-à-vis Israel, thus enabling the satanic Zionist regime to dictate American policy, not only toward the helpless Palestinians, but toward the entire Muslim world.
For sure, there will come a day when America will pay dearly for her key role in inflicting oppression on the Palestinians and other peoples of the Middle East. God may not throw stones at the oppressors and their accomplices; but the Almighty has other ways to establish justice and punish the wrong-doers.
The same thing can be said about Britain, and other powers that enable Ashkenazi Jews to dispossess Palestine from its rightful proprietors, kill them, and disperse them to the four corners of the globe.
Today, the Eidul Adha occurs as arrogant Israel continues to build more illegitimate colonies on occupied Palestinian land. This is very much an act of rape as it is done in violation of international law. This means that the Palestinian goal, which is also the goal of the rest of the world, of establishing a viable and territorially contiguous Palestinian state in the West Bank is becoming unrealistic and virtually impossible.
This fact is nowhere more affronting than in Jerusalem where Israel is hell-bent trying to obliterate the remaining vestiges of the Arab-Islamic civilization and culture.
Unfortunately, the Palestinian Authority, which serves very much as a subcontractor for the Israeli occupation authorities, is still clutching to a chronically moribund peace process that has no promise, neither for peace, nor for justice, a process that serves only as a rubric for Israel to liquidate the Palestinian cause if only by devouring the remaining un-colonized land in the West Bank.
Unfortunately, the PA can’t be entrusted to safeguard Palestinian national interests given the moral and political bankruptcy of its leaders. In the final analysis, one can’t give what one doesn’t have.
The recent announcement by some PLO leaders that they would be willing to recognize Israel as an exclusively Jewish state as well as the tacit willingness by PA president Mahmoud Abbas to give up the right of return, constitute a clarion proof that the PLO is a bankrupt entity that doesn’t deserve the status or stature of being the sole representative of the Palestinian people.
In the final analysis, an organization that is basking in the luxurious hotels in Ramallah, in the shadow of Israeli tanks, can not really express or reflect the collective conscience and enduring vigor of the Palestinian people.
Indeed, an organization whose money lifeline starts in Washington, is unfit to express the beating hearts of Palestinians in Burj el Barajneh, or Jabalya, or al-Khalil.
None the less, we must never ever think of giving up or giving in. After all, our cause is just and our grievances are real. There are more than five million Palestinians still implanted in our homeland like deep-rooted olive trees. We must cling further and further to the homeland and demonstrate to the Zionists that no matter what they do to us, we shall not leave.
Moreover, our enemy, while amassing all the elements of material power, is suffering from a moral breakdown.
This moral deterioration, which is unseen and unfelt by an enemy intoxicated by its hubris, insolence, and arrogance of power, shall eventually bring the Zionist regime to its ultimate demise. Such is the destiny of all arrogant wrongdoers throughout history.
This may take some years to happen, but its inevitability is assured.
On this holy occasion, we Palestinians must take a lesson from the life of the Prophet Muhammed (may peace be upon him) who suffered so much at Shii’b Abee Taleb, who miraculously escaped assassination, who was poisoned, and who was forced to flee his own country as a refugee, very much like the millions of our people who were scattered around the world because they didn’t belong to the “holy tribe.”!!
But the Prophet eventually triumphed over all the odds, despite the paucity of resources at his disposal and the overwhelming power of his enemies. And in a few years, he was able to build a huge state based on justice, extending from China to the Atlantic.
Alhamdullillah, the Palestinian people must never feel that they are the victim of a merciless history, although this is exactly the impression one would get from reviewing the annals of the Palestinian plight.
The Holy Quran clearly and in stunning details predicts the ingathering of Jews into Palestine. It also predicts and describes the mighty arrogance of the state of Israel. But, likewise, the Holy Book predicts and gives the glad tidings that Israel’s ultimate end is near.
“….. Then, when the second promise came to pass, (We permitted your enemies) to savage your faces and enter the mosque (of Jerusalem ) as they had entered it before, and to visit with utter destruction all that they have built up.” (v.7, sura 17)
Muslims in Kerala celebrate Eid-ul-Adha
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Malayalam superstar Mammootty wasn't the only one who took a break from work on Eid-ul-Adha. Thousands of ordinary Muslim men and women in Kerala celebrated the festival of sacrifice with prayers and feasting Wednesday.
The biggest crowds, all dressed in their best, were seen in Muslim dominated Malappuram district besides Kozhikode, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. Prayers were offered in mosques and specially erected Eidgah centres.
In most places there were special sections for women to offer prayers and they came in large numbers.
Mammootty, a devout Muslim, said he arrived at his home in Kochi Tuesday night to take a day off from the shooting of the film "August 15" here.
"This is one of the rare days that I take a day off from my busy schedule because I want to be with my family besides attending prayers with the people," said Mammootty.
Around 24 percent of Kerala's 3.2 crore population is Muslim, making it the second biggest community in the state after Hindus. Wednesday was a public holiday in the state.
Muslims sacrifice either a goat or a buffalo to commemorate the great sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim who was so devoted, faithful and obedient to God's will that he unhesitatingly agreed to sacrifice his only son Ismail at his behest.
Moved by his paternal feelings and yet determined to follow Allah's instructions, Ibrahim blindfolded himself. But when he opened his eyes after the sacrifice, he found his son alive and a slaughtered lamb at the altar instead.
Since Tuesday evening there have been huge crowds in front of mutton stalls across the state. The sacrificial meat is distributed after the Eid prayers to the family and friends.
Mohammed, a leading mutton seller in the main market of the capital city, said sales have been good considering the price of mutton.
"We have had good business and compared to the last Bakr-Eid, the price of mutton has gone up by Rs.100 to touch Rs.350 a kg. We had doubts about whether we could do good business, but now our stocks have run out," said Mohammed.
At Kozhikode, the Joint Eid Committee decided to have just one Eid Gah, or prayer centre. Set up on the beach side, thousands flocked to it.
The festival coincides with the Haj pilgrimage to Makkah.
Salim Afsal, an IT professional, said as his parents have gone to perform the Haj, he would spend the day with his brother.
"All of us attended the morning prayers in our family mosque and the women folk are busy in the kitchen preparing lunch. After lunch it would be a session where we would visit our relatives and then it would be back to our homes," said Afsal.
Nigerian president congratulates Muslims on Eid-ul-Adha
President Goodluck Jonathan has sent a goodwill message to Nigeria’s Muslim faithful as they celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir yesterday.
He congratulated all Nigerians who successfully performed the hajj this year in fulfilment of a key injunction of their faith.
The president urged Nigerians to imbibe the lessons of commitment, dedication and obedience to higher authority inherent in Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son “in deference to the will of God which Eid-el-Kabir commemorates”.
In a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr. Ima Niboro, Jonathan said: “Nigeria will make quicker progress towards the fulfilment of its great potentials as a nation if its citizens foster peace, security and stability which are essential for development by showing greater respect for national safety and public order laws.”
He also restated his commitment to ensuring the sanctity of the ballot in next year’s general election.
Senate President David Mark urged Muslims to pray fervently for the nation ahead of next year's general election, saying: “We must put Nigeria first in all our endeavours.”
In his message, Mark said prayer is the needed tonic the nation requires at this crucial time.
He reminded Muslims to always be guided by the attributes and lessons from the life and times of Holy Prophet Mohammed which symbolizes piety, peace, love, tolerance and good neighbourliness.
The Senate president counselled politicians to eschew campaign of calumny, mudslinging or character assassination of opponents.
“What should be paramount to all aspirants is how to sell their programme and convince the electorate about them and not mudslinging,” Mark said, adding: “I think we have passed this level of campaigning based on mundane issues."
He said: “We should be concerned about our people. We must break away from the past and join the global trend of technological advancement.”
Eid al-Adha celebrations around the world
Muslims around the world begin three days of celebration following the end of the hajj to mark Islam's 'festival of sacrifice', which commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son before Allah intervened to provide him with a sheep instead
Message from The Islamic Council of Victoria: “Eid Mubarak”
The Islamic Council of Victoria (‘ICV’) is the peak body for Muslim organisations in Victoria. The ICV represents Victoria’s more than 120,000 Muslims; through its 38 member organisations located throughout metropolitan Melbourne and rural Victoria.
Bakrid or Eid-al Adha celebrated in Madina Masjid Shanti Nagara, Udupi
Udupi, 18 November 2010: The Muslim brethren celebrated one of their most important festival known as Bkarid or Eid-ul-Zuha or Eid-al Adha on Wednesday, 17th November 2010 in the Madina Masjid Shanti Nagar in Udupi. This festival is celebrated all over the world and India. It commemorates willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a ram to sacrifice instead. The meat is divided into three parts to be distributed to others. The family retains one third of the share, another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors, and the other third is given to the poor and needy.