Happy Eid-el-Kabir to all our Muslim brothers and sisters. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, economic and security factors already affecting this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration, the holidays will be celebrated by Muslim faithful’s in their respective homes.
The name, Eid-el-Kabir, is an Arabic phrase for “Feast of the Sacrifice”. It is also known as Bakr-Eid (Sacrifice Feast) or Eid-al-Adha.
According to Islamic sources, Eid-el-Kabir epitomizes the willingness and sacrifice exhibited by Ibrahim. Ibrahim who was asked by Allah to sacrifice Ishmael, the promised son, was very complaint even to the point of almost giving up his son. It was the angel Jibril that stopped him in his tracks and told him that due to his submissiveness, his sacrifice had been accepted already. Woven into this was Ibrahim’s journey from Canaan to the rocky plains of Mecca, Saudi Arabia with his Hagar, Adnan, and Ishmael.
On his return to Canaan, he left behind Hagar and Ishmael who ran out of food and water. Due to Allah’ provision, Hagar and her son were able to drink from a spring of water and even got food by selling from the water.
Ishmael became a prophet delivering the message of submission from God to nomads in the desert. This served as a precedent to the present Hajj.
EID EL KABIR is the highpoint of the Eid-El-Kabir celebration. After the prayers at the mosques, rams and cows are slaughtered in the head to represent Ibrahim’s own willingness to sacrifice his own son.
The representative sacrifice might not necessarily be a cow or ram, it can be a camel or goat, depending on the prevalent culture in a given place. However, the domestic animal used must meet certain requirements to be accepted.
For the slaughtering of the animal, a blue coat clothing must be worn. Also, very festive clothes are worn on other days. This is the time when Muslims wear their very best. The women wear new, stylish lace, Ankara and colourful hijabs. Most times, the men are seen putting on guinea or damask clothing, with fanciful caps.
During the Eid-El-Kabir, a lot of love is spread in style. The animals sacrificed are meant to be divided into three-part. One part is for the family who slaughtered it. While the other two are for relatives and friends and the indigent ones respectively. Also, families visit one another and share meals together even after the celebration. Even these meats are taken across borders to be shared with truly indigent people.
For Eid-El-Kabir, Muslims all the world greet themselves in just one way- by saying, Eid Mubarak. This form of greeting is one way of showing the success of the Eid-El-Kabir celebration and shows the happiness of the Muslims in encountering yet another feast or celebration.
As Muslims in Nigeria and other parts of the world prepare for 2020 Eid-el-Kabir festival, the federal government has advised against non-essential travel due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture in a brief statement on Sunday, July 26, said travelling this season could pose a risk of contracting Covid-19. Travelling this season could put you and your loved ones at risk of contracting Covid-19. Similarly, Muslims across the country have been urged to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir festival in their respective homes due to Covid-19 pandemic.
The council, led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, noted that the pandemic is not yet over, warning people to celebrate with high caution.
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