Celso greets Muslims on Eid’l Adha PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 October 2012 14:32

Mayor Celso Lobregat extends warmest greetings to Muslims in the city and around the world in observing Eid ul-Adha or Eid’l Adha, the feast of Sacrifice or the culmination of the Islamic World’s Hariraya Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Lobregat will join today the Turkish community in Pitogo for the slaughtering ritual where hundreds of cow will be slaughtered and the meat to be distributed to indigents.

The Turkish community in Pitogo manages the Filipino-Turkish Tolerance School (FTTS). The slaughtering of cows and distribution of beef meat has been a tradition of the school and is intended to show gratitude to Zamboangueños for their hospitality and friendship.  

For several years now, Lobregat has been joining the Turkish community in celebrating Eid’l Adha starting from the slaughtering of cows until the distribution of the meat to indigent residents.

As a practice, the Turkish community in Pitogo initiates the slaughtering of cattle as a form of sacrifice. The meat products are distributed to thousands of indigent families pre-screened by the School in coordination with the city government and barangay officials in selected communities.  

The Muslim world celebrates today, October 26, Eid’l Adha, declared a non-working holiday in the country. The celebration is in commemoration of the “command given by Allah to Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his first born son Ishmael to Him.”

The website ReligiousTolerance.org say that Eid’l Adha is a day of remembrance. “Even in the most joyful times, the Muslim makes a fresh start of the day by a session of congregational prayers to Allah in an open space. Muslims use the occasion to pray to Allah and to glorify His name to demonstrate the remembrance of His grace and favours. Muslims also remember the deceased by praying for their souls to rest in peace. The needy and vulnerable in society are also remembered by showing them sympathy and consolation.”  — Sheila Covarrubias