Eid’l Adha: A test of faith for all amidst pandemic

A Special Report by Julmunir I. Jannaral, Managing Editor

AN estimated 1.8 billion Muslims around the world or the Islamic community (Ummah) are united in the observance of Eid’l Adha or Feast of Sacrifice on Tuesday, July 20, which is equivalent Dhul-Hijjah 10, 1442, which most Imams consider to be a test of faith for both Muslims and non-Muslims.

Aleem Said Ahmad Basher, chairman of the Imam Council of the Philippines and a native of Marawi City, said Eid’l Adha is the highlight of the performance of the fifth pillar of Islam, which is Hajj or pilgrimage to Makkah (Mecca), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.Eid’l Adha is the second major festival of Islam aside from Eid’l Fitr that marks the end of Ramadan when Muslims are bound by their faith to observe fasting for 30 days.

Director Malo Manonggiring, head of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos- Bureau of Pilgrimage & Endowment (NCMF-BPE) said “we would like to extend our wishes and greetings for all the Muslim Filipinos in the celebration of 1442 Eid’l Adha al Mubarak on July 20, 2021 despite of not able to perform Hajj this year due to COVID-19 pandemic.”

“May Allah Subhana Wata’ala accept our sacrifices and fill it with uncountable blessings,” Director Manonggiring said.

In a related development, NCMF Commissioner Yusoph J. Mando also extended his Eid’l Adha greetings to the Muslim Ummah.

“As the Muslim communities are once again celebrating the Eid’l Adha, or Hari Raya Hadji or the ‘Feast of Sacrifice, one of the two most important festivals of the Muslim calendar as a commemoration of Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice everything for Allah.

I hope and pray that all our sacrifices will bear fruits of happiness and prosperity as we face the challenges brought by the Covid19 pandemic.

Eid’l Adha Almubarak!

Aleem Basher explained to the Philippine Muslim Today that Eid’l Adha is a commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim or Abraham’s unwavering faith in God and Ishmael’s acceptance of his fate.

Hence, the feast of sacrifice or Festival of Sacrifice or Greater Eid is an important religious holiday observed by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Isma’il) as an act of obedience to God.

Aleem Basher also related what is happening now in the proliferation of COVID-19 in this pandemic as a test from God on the faith of the people whether Muslim or non-Muslim.

“This is in the same situation when God tested the faith of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael,” he added.

He said that the Filipino people, in spite of the widespread COVID-19 pandemic with thousands loss of lives, should still think positively since after the nightmare there is bright future ahead.

Aleem Basher also urged the Muslim Filipinos to have “sabar” or patience in the face of what is happening now with this pandemic.

Meanwhile, Aleem Basher made further explanation on Eid’l Adha saying that it is one of two major Eid festivals observed by Muslims which basis come from Sura 2 (Al- Baqara) Ayah 196 in the Qur’an.

Like Eid’l-Fitr, Eid’l Adha begins with a prayer of two Raka’ah (units) followed by a sermon (khutbah).

The word “Eid” appears in Sura al-Mai’da (The Table Spread, Chapter 5) of the Qur’an, meaning solemn festival, he added.

Eid’l Adha is observed annually on the 10th day of the 12th and the last Islamic month of Dhu al-hijjah of the lunar Islamic calendar.

Datu Yusoph Boyog Mama, current Masirikampo sa Marawi (Traditional Royal Ruler of Marawi) has this Eid’l Adha message: “I am certain that most Filipinos, who have kind hearts for their Muslim-Filipino brothers and sisters, are all one with us in our struggle to get rid of this COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Traditional Royal Ruler of Marawi also asked his people to stand united and be in solidarity vis-a-vis the present pandemic situation.

He also said “During Eid’l Adha, we celebrate Ibrahim and Ishmael’s shared act of willing sacrifice – a shared decision to do the seemingly impossible sacrifice that Allah demanded of them – because they knew regardless of whatever came next, Allah’s will would have been fulfilled.”

“In these difficult days, the feast of the sacrifice reminds us that our faith is one that requires us to think not only of ourselves but also of others,” he added.

Datu Yusoph Mama also said the celebration of the Eid finds meaning in recognizing the ordained responsibility towards one another and making decisions that speak faithfully of one’s duty to the people. (JIJ)

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