Eid Mubarak – Eid’l Adha to all! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 00:00

Eid Mubarak (Blessed Festival) to all of us as the Muslims celebrate  today Eid’l Adha  (Festival of Sacrifice or Greater Eid)!  It is one of the two greatest and important feasts of Islam; the other one is Eid’l Fitr or the Feast of Breaking the Fast that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Eid’l Adha is the 10th day in the month of Hajj, or the pilgrimage to Mecca, during which Muslims pay homage to Abraham’s supreme act of sacrifice that signifies mankind’s obedience to God. Muslims worldwide commemorate the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a ram to sacrifice instead.

In the celebration of Eid al-Adha, Muslims commemorate and remember Abraham's obedience and offer a sacrifice of an animal such as a sheep, camel, or goat. By saying the name of Allah at the time of slaughter, Muslims are reminded that life is sacred. The meat from the sacrifice of Eid al-Adha is often to others. One-third is eaten by immediate family and relatives, one-third is given away to friends, and one-third is donated to the poor. The act symbolizes the willingness to give up things that are of benefit to Muslims or close to their hearts, following Allah's commands. This commemoration symbolizes the willingness to give up some of their own bounties, in order to strengthen ties of friendship and help those who are in need. Muslims recognize that all blessings come from Allah, and they should open their hearts and share with others.(Taken from Huda:Islamic Guide).
May this day usher understanding, forgiveness, and peace in our city as we commemorate together Abraham’s complete submission to Allah’s will to achieve unity through self-sacrifice. 

By Dante Corteza

To show unity and that there was no “religious war” during the fatal Zamboanga siege, the Zamboanga Interrelhious Multi-Sectoral Movement for Solidarity held a repainting/rebuilding project last Sunday, October 13, of the Sta. Barbara Mosque. It was organized by WMSU Prof. Teng Catong in coordination with Fr. Bert Alejo of ADZU and attended by different civic, military and religious leaders including our energetic Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar and ABS-CBN Noli de Castro. It will be repeated  also in the Christian churches located in Ground Zero once clearing operations have been done.