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Significance of Eid El Kabir

By Nkem Egenuka on Fri, 01/09/2017 - 08:19

Eid El Kabir is very significant because it is the day of Sacrifice and it marks the climax of Hajj or Pilgrimage, which is the fifth pillar of Islam. Rams are slaughtered to honour Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his beloved son for Allah.

In commemoration of the rejection of Satan, stones are thrown at symbolic pillars during the Stoning of the Devil during Hajj rites, this is in accordance with one of Ibrahim's rites during his Hajj. Therefore, celebrations continue for about three to five days after the festival day, with visitations to friends, families and recreational sites.

Islamic custom and tradition Muslim faithfuls and their family, are expected to dress in their bluecoat clothing to perform Eid prayer in a large congregation in an open field called Eidgah or mosque. Muslim who can afford it, sacrifice their best halal (acceptable) domestic animals which can be a cow, ram, sheep or goat as a symbol of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his only son.

The animal to be sacrificed must get to a certain age and should be healthy otherwise the animal is considered an unacceptable sacrifice.

The sacrificed animals are divided into three parts. One third of the meat is given to relatives, friends and neighbours; another third is retained for the family while the last third is given to the poor and needy. To demonstrate the charitable practice among the Muslim community, concerted efforts are made during Eid-el-kabir, to see that no impoverished person is denied an opportunity to partake in the sacrificial feast.

Eid Mubarak to all our Muslim Brothers and Sisters!

 

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