Muslims all over the world start the celebration of Eid al-Adha “Feast of Sacrifice” on Tuesday, August 21, 2018.
Eid al-Adha is one of the most important festivals in the Islamic calendar where Muslim faithfuls gather to feast on halal dishes, exchange gifts, and mingle with family and friends.
Eid al-Adha is considered holier than the Eid al-Fitr “Festival of the Breaking of the Fast”, International Grand Mufti Al-Sheikh Abdel Jabbar Macarimbor said.
“On this day, Muslims take a bath, be clean, wear their best clothes and wear perfume before they go to our place of prayer,” Macarimbor said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
“This is in remembrance of what happened to Prophet Abraham who was given by Allah a lamb he can kill and offer as sacrifice instead of his child),” Macarimbor said.
The celebration of Eid al-Adha in the Philippines starts at 6:30 AM with a prayer before they proceed to the feast proper.
“After the prayer, there will be a sermon by the imam for half an hour to an hour, then it will be followed by the butchering of sacrificial animal like goat or cow),” Macarimbor said.
According to Muslim tradition, parents should offer a goat if their child is a girl, and two goats if their child is a boy. But, they can choose to offer a cow if they are well-off.
Once the butchered goat or cow has been offered, it will be distributed to everyone for cooking.
“You can share it with anyone, like me I shared to all the Muslims I know and to my non-Muslim neighbors the beef given to me,” Macarimbor said.
The entire celebration will last for three days and it is characterized by prayer, gift-giving and visitations amongst families and friends.
Since this is an important day of celebration to all Muslims, Macarimbor said Eid al-Adha is often celebrated in quadrangles or open spaces so women and children can join.
“Kaugalian ng mga Muslim na ilabas ang kaganapang ito sa mga mosque, para ang lahat ng Muslim makadalo at magdasal dahil ang mga babaeng bagong panganak at may buwanang dalaw ay bawal pumasok sa mga mosque (It is a Muslim tradition to perform this event outside the mosque so all Muslims can attend and pray because women who just gave birth and with monthly period can’t enter the mosque),” he said.
Being the country’s International Grand Mufti, Macarimbor reminded all Filipino Muslims about the importance of the Eid al-Adha prayer which is part of the commandments of Prophet Muhammad.
“We need to fight and pray for the sake of our mighty Allah, we Muslims must unite because the Almighty created us in this world to join him in doing good to our fellowmen because, avoid crime and evil because we’ll still go to after life,” Macarimbor said.
(Source: Ma. Teresa Montemayor/PNA)