MILLIONS of Muslims around the world are celebrating the Eid-el-Adha religious holiday today. Eid-el-Adha, which literally means the “festival of sacrifice” commemorates monumental sacrifice that was to be made by Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham). He was ordered by Allah to sacrifice his beloved son, Ismail, as a test of faith.
Ibrahim willingly submitted to Allah’s command, wherein Allah, by His Mercy, replaced Ismail at the moment of sacrifice with a ram. Muslims commemorate this unparalleled example of fulfilling the commandment of Allah by sacrificing a ram. But the event is set to be marked in lowkey this year as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. The Quran states: “Their meat will not reach Allah, nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you. Thus have We subjected them to you that you may glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and give good tidings to the doers of good”- Quran 22:verse 37.
The occasion also marks the climax of Hajj or Pilgrimage rites, the fifth pillar of Islam, in the Holy land of Saudi Arabia. Against the backdrop of the usual huge assemblage of people in the holy land every year, this year’s hajj is already scaled down to 10,000 Muslims, including expatriates in the holy land in adherence to the social distancing protocol of the pandemic.
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