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End of Hajj for Muslims

End of Hajj for Muslims
September 26
08:31 2015

Muslims all over the world yesterday observed the feast of sacrifice, or Eid-al-Adha, one of the two major festivals celebrated in Islam.
In Fiji, families and individuals slaughtered animals according to the Islamic principles.
The celebration marked the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Islam’s holiest site, and is an integral part of the Muslim faith.
Each year, millions of Muslims make the pilgrimage and stand before the Kaaba, a shrine built by Prophet Ibrahim, and pray to God.
Fiji Muslim League National president Hafizud Dean Khan said the celebration was a time of reflection which honoured the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his own son at God’s command.
“This was as an act of obedience to God, but however, at His mercy, God intervened, and provided a ram to be sacrificed instead.
“It is a requirement to do a qurban in Islam and Muslims around the country will be observing this today,” Mr Khan said.
“The day is marked by slaughtering of a sheep, goat, cow or a calf,” Mr Khan said.
“The sacrifice is done in three parts, one- third to be enjoyed in a feast by the family and friends, one-third for the poor and needy and one-third for oneself.”
He said the FML also organised for people living overseas who are unable to participate to buy ‘shares’ in the sacrifice here and distribute it amongst the needy hostels around the country.
Muslims convened for prayer yesterday morning at 7am before the slaughtering of the animals took place.
Muslims around the country observed a fast on Thursday, a day before Eid Al Adha, known as ‘Arafah.’
On this day, Muslims all over the world who do not witness the annual Hajj spend the day in fasting, in preparation for the three- day festivity following ‘Eid al-Adha.

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