Kurban Bayrami

IFIS&IZ wishes a blessed and happy Feast of the Sacrifice (Eid al-Aḍḥā)

On the occasion of the Feast of the Sacrifice (Arabic: Eid al-Aḍḥā; Turkish: Kurban Bayramı) IFIS&IZ wishes all Muslims blessed, peaceful, harmonious and joyful celebrations in the presence of the family, friends, and neighbours.

Muslims conduct the Eid al-Aḍḥā by a four-days lasting celebrations. The festival is considered as one of the most important celebrated occasions in Islam. The route of Eid al-Aḍḥā belongs to the Prophet Abraham (Ibrāhīm). When Abraham was asked for sacrifice, he took Ismael (Ismāʿīl) to sacrifice. But, before Abraham could use his knife Allah placed a sheep under his hand. Muslims around the world relate to Abraham’s faithfulness and attendance towards the word of Allah by slaughtering an animal. The deeper meaning of sacrificing is as in any other worship to gain the pleasure of Allah. The Quran says here: “Their meat will not reach Allah, nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you.” (Qurʾān: 22/37).

The occasion of sacrifice is considered as a symbol to support people in need and to share the sacrificial meal. According to this Muslims share the meat with others, relatives and friends to promote solidarity and unity.

Any Muslim who has the financial position is obliged to slaughter an animal. According to the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) the slaughtering of an animal on the occasion of Eid al-Aḍḥā is considered as a pleased act to gain Allah’s pleasure; “The son of Adam does not perform any actions on the day of sacrifice which is more pleasing to Allah than offering a sacrificing animal” (at-Tirmiḏī, Aḍāḥī, 1).

May these days be a reminder for our social unity and solidarity. With this in mind KUDEM wishes all Muslims happy celebrations and congratulations to the pilgrims performing the pilgrimage (ḥaǧǧ).

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