At the end of June, Muslims around the world will be celebrating the annual festival of Eid ul-Adha (‘Festival of Sacrifice’), which follows the completion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
Eid ul-Adha is the second major Muslim festival after Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting.
The day of Eid ul-Adha falls on the tenth day in the final (twelfth) month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar, Dhu-al-Hijjah. Eid ul-Adha falls on the day after the completion of the annual Holy Pilgrimage of Hajj.
The celebration commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion to God. The act of Qurbani (sacrifice) consists of slaughtering an animal – usually a sheep, lamb, goat, cow, bull or a camel. Qurbani is carried out following the Eid Salaah (Eid Prayers). The animal is slaughtered in an Islamic way and the meat is then divided into three equal parts; one-third is for you and your family, one-third is for friends and neighbours, and the final third is donated to charity. However, many people send money abroad for the sacrifice to take place there and in these instances, the meat is often given to the poor.
Eid ul-Adha celebrations can last up to three days and are traditionally spent celebrating with family, friends and loved ones. Individuals often come together in their best attire and exchange gifts.
During this special time, Muslims are encouraged to donate money to those in need.
I shall be taking annual leave to enjoy the festivities with my family and friends.
Finally, on behalf of the judiciary, I would like to wish Eid Mubarak to all those celebrating.