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Ibrahim’s Obedience To God Honoured And Celebrated In Eid Al-Adha

When Ibrahim showed his obedience to God’s command with willingness to offer his son as a sacrifice, God showed mercy and instead allowed a ram (male sheep) to be sac­rificed.
23 Aug 2018 10:00
Ibrahim’s Obedience To God Honoured And Celebrated In Eid Al-Adha
Shalen Krishna (left) and Naren Mohan (right) celebrate Eid-al-Adha with their Muslim brothers Shohel Khan and Mohammad Rashid in Nadera, Suva, on August 22, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

When Ibrahim showed his obedience to God’s command with willingness to offer his son as a sacrifice, God showed mercy and instead allowed a ram (male sheep) to be sac­rificed.

Hence the start of the Eid al-Adha, otherwise known as the ‘Feast of the Sacrifice’ or Festival of Sacrifice for Muslims around the world.

The story of Ibrahim and his sacrifice to God can be read in the Quran. Eid al-Adha is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year (the other being Eid ul-Fitr), and considered the holier of the two. That’s how Mohammed Khan and his family have been celebrating the festival in the past years.

Mr Khan, who lives in Nadera, was seen with a goat, which they will offer as a sacrifice in prayer and to share with others.

“We not only here to pray together and celebrate this day but also to meet with other family mem­bers and catch-up,” Mr Khan said of the signifi­cance of the festival to him.

“Eid al-Adha is also one of those days we can wear new clothes and offer prayers to Allah.

“A feast is prepared and the sacrificed animal is divided into three parts. One is for our family friends and neighbours, the second part is distrib­uted to the poor and the needy, and the other third is retained for immediate family.”

The celebration is observed from August 21 to 25.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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