Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La-ilaha illa Allah!
While 2 million pilgrims were completing the fifth obligatory pillar of Islam (Hajj) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Muslims around the world were celebrating Eid-ul-Adha with their family and friends.
Eid al-Adha is the “festival of sacrifice” where Muslims commemorate Prophet Abraham (AS)’s willingness to sacrifice his son when Allah (SWT) commanded him to. In his telling story, Prophet Abraham (AS) was ordered by Allah (SWT) to sacrifice his son, Isma’il, as the ultimate act of submission and obedience to Him. Because of this, Allah (SWT) replaced Isma’il with an animal sacrifice instead – at the very last moment. On this wonderful occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, Muslims around the world offer sacrifices as a symbolic gesture. The sacrificial meat is then distributed to the poor and shared amongst family and friends in remembrance of our sacred Islamic history.
On Thursday, September 24th, 2015, Muslims across the globe participated in this joyous occasion and in Mississauga, it was no different. Our family started off the day by praying fajr at the ISNA Islamic Center of Canada. This was followed by the first of three Eid-ul-Adha prayers scheduled at the mosque.
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Wa-lillahil-hamd!
We could hear the congregation chant these words of devotion as we walked towards the Mosque. The mosque was beautifully decorated with festive balloons and chocolates were distributed for everyone to enjoy! Amazing volunteers guided us to the prayer area. Special shout out to the parking volunteers who did a superb job controlling the cars with such patience!
After the beautiful Eid prayer, one important point that Shaykh Alaa discussed in his khutba was the concept of equality in Islam and how a perfect example of this is evident whilst performing Hajj. There is no distinction between rich or poor, race or ethnicity, young or old. Muslims come together with a unified goal, especially during this blessed act of hajj, to worship and get closer to Allah (SWT). We should keep this in mind as a daily reminder to love one another despite our differences.
From our family to yours, we hope that you had a blessed Eid filled with love, happiness and your favourite kind of meat from the sacrifice!