November 7, Eid-ul-Adha, nat’l holiday PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 November 2011 16:42

The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos reiterates the announcement issued by Malacanang that November 7, 2011 has been declared as non-working holiday by virtue of Presidential Proclamation no. 276. This is in recognition of Hari-Raya Eid-ul-Adha which falls on November 6, Sunday, according to Ms. Saada L. Ambula, officer-in-charge of the NCMF regional office.

Eid-ul-Adha is a feast of sacrifice or festival of sacrifice that tells how Prophet Abraham was ready to sacrifice his son, Ismael and remained true to God (ALLAH). Abraham saw in a dream that he was commanded to slaughter his son, Ismael for God’s sake. At that time Ismael was in his teens, able to understand that Prophet like his father did not see any false dreams.

The dream was repeated on three consecutive nights.  Abraham realized that he had no choice but to carry as he could to his son, who was still in the prime of youth, and asked him what do you say, son? Ismael therefore faced the problem squarely and announced his readiness to submit himself to God’s will. “Father, do as you are bid. You will find me. God willing, patient and able to face death with fortitude.”

Both father and son went some distance to Mina where they prepare to obey God’s order along the way, Satan tried to dissuade Abraham from sacrificing his son. He tried to arouse fatherly love in him. Abraham submission to God’s will, however, showed no sign of weakness whatsoever.

At the point when Abraham was about to cut his son’s throat in complete submission to the Divine will, an Angel came to him and bade him to stop. He was told that God has accepted his offering and was pleased with his obedience. He had spared Ismael for the sake of his elderly father. The Angel gave Abraham a fully grown sheep to sacrifice instead.

Eid-ul-Adha marks the end of Hajj, the sacred pilgrimage to the Holy city of Mecca. The Hajj to Mecca is a once-in-a life time obligation upon Muslims whole health and means permit it, or in the words Qur’an, upon “those who can make their way there”.

The festival reminds everyone the mercy and benefits bestowed upon mankind by Allah.

Slaughtering an animal such as sheep, camel, goat, cow or even chicken to be distributed has a corresponding formula. When this is done, 1/3 of the meat go to the needy people, 1/3 is given to neighbors and friends and 1/3 stay with your family.