By Linda Wamaitha & Allan Kai

While many of us think of Eid al-Adha as a day of celebration, coming together, interacting, and feasting, its history is rooted in a solemn act of sacrifice and devotion. This significant Islamic holiday holds deep meaning for Muslims, symbolizing selflessness and compassion. Today, Muslims worldwide will assemble for this feast of sacrifice, commemorating the profound story of Ibrahim and his unwavering faith in Allah’s command.

In Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest city in Islam, Muslims gather to glorify the devotion of Ibrahim (Abraham) and his willingness to sacrifice his only son, Ismail (Ishmael), following Allah’s command. This act of obedience and submission serves as a testament to the unwavering faith of Ibrahim, which is celebrated during Eid al-Adha.

In Kenya, the coastal city of Mombasa is considered a haven for this festival and home to many Muslim faithful. Mombasa’s vibrant culture, beautiful beaches, and delicious Swahili cuisine add to the festive atmosphere. Mohammad Abdalla, a coastal resident, describes Eid al-Adha as a day of joy and celebration. “I consider today a joyful day. Just as Ibrahim slaughtered a sheep, we will sacrifice. After the afternoon prayers, we will come together as family and friends to celebrate,” he assures.

Eid al-Adha begins with a communal prayer known as Salat at dawn on the first day. Muslims gather at mosques to offer prayers, seek blessings, and thank Allah for the many gifts of life. This act of unity and devotion strengthens community bonds and reinforces the core principles of Islam.

Charitable giving plays a significant role during Eid al-Adha. Muslims are encouraged to donate to charities and support those in need, following Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his most beloved possession. It is a time to reflect on the blessings and extend a helping hand to those less fortunate. This act of generosity and compassion is a cornerstone of the Islamic faith.

For many, Eid al-Adha is a time to create remarkable moments with loved ones. Gaddafi Salim intends to spend quality time with his family, emphasizing the importance of sacrificing his time and sharing what he has with his children. He plans to spread words of kindness and affection among friends and family, fostering an atmosphere of love and unity.

Eid al-Adha serves as a reminder of the values of sacrifice, gratitude, and compassion deeply ingrained in the Islamic tradition. It is a day to celebrate faith, family, and community, cherishing the bonds. As Muslims come together in prayer, engage in acts of charity, and enjoy the festivities, Eid al-Adha exemplifies the spirit of sacrifice and reminds us of the importance of compassion and selflessness.

In conclusion, Eid al-Adha is a sacred occasion celebrated by Muslims worldwide, commemorating Ibrahim’s devotion and sacrifice. As families and communities gather to pray, share meals, and engage in acts of charity, the true essence of this festival shines through—promoting unity, compassion, and gratitude. It is a time to reflect on the significance of sacrifice and extend a helping hand to those in need. Eid al-Adha is a testament to the enduring Islamic values and teachings, reminding us all of the importance of faith, family, and kindness in our lives.

Happy Eid al-Adha to all Muslims from Gilitics Media Ltd!