Good wishes at Eid Ul-Adha
Date published: October 29, 2012
Muslims throughout the world are celebrating Eid-ul Adha, also known as the feast of sacrifice. The celebration is in honour of the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his only begotten son, (Ismael) as a mark of obedience to the command of God.
According to Muslim belief, God intervened at the eleventh hour, when Ibrahim was about to slit Ismael’s throat, and instead provided a ram for the sacrifice. Muslim accounts reckon that the sacrifice took place some four thousand years ago.
The Islamic prescription for the celebration of Eid-ul Adha is for believers to dress in their finest clothes to perform Eid prayers. After prayers, Muslims are expected by tradition, to slaughter rams to be offered as sacrifice. In well endowed homes, cows would be slaughtered in fulfillment of God’s directive.
By tradition, one third of the meat is given to the poor, a third for friends and relatives, and a third retained for use in the house. In essence therefore, it is a festival required of Muslims to feed the poor.
The Chronicle salutes Muslims throughout the country and wishes them well in the celebration. We hope and pray that while celebrating the great feast, the average Muslim would spare a thought for the poor.
Like most events in recent times, Eid Ul-Adha is taking on board other celebrations which, obviously, are not sanctioned by the Koran. In Ghana, young men in the cities and municipal areas tend to go over-board with their celebrations.
The tendency to ride motor bicycles in a manner that cannot be approved by the National Road Safety Commission is threatening to become a worrying trend.
We hope and pray that the celebrations would not turn tragic for innocent by-standers and other users of the road.
The Chronicle would like to appeal to our Muslim brothers to reflect on the 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections and offer prayers for the peace of the nation. We hope that the young ones among our Muslim flock, would not create any conditions that could lead to the disturbance of peace.
With the elections barely six weeks away, we can envisage the involvement of politicians in the festival, which in itself is something to be commended. We hope that in their enthusiasm to be identified with the celebration, politicians do not hijack the event from our Muslim brothers and misuse their immense power.
We hope and pray that the message of Eid Ul-Adha, that of obedience to God and supreme sacrifice would permeate throughout the celebrations. In the meantime, The Chronicle extends its best wishes to millions of our brothers and sisters caught in the celebration mood. Baraka da Salah!
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