Muslims Urged To Celebrate Peacefully

On the occasion to observe the Eid Al-Adha, the Eastern Equatoria State Deputy Governor Jerome Gama Surur has urged the Muslim community to use the day to preach for peace and harmonious coexistence.

Muslims Urged To Celebrate Peacefully
Eastern Equatoria State Deputy Jerome Gama Surur in Torit. [Gurtong | Peter Lokale Nakimangole]

By Peter Lokale Nakimangole

TORIT, 26 October 2012 [Gurtong] – The officials have urged the leaders from both religions in the country and beyond to focus far beyond and coexist harmoniously.

The officials warned that unfriendly actions directed to disrupted public order will not be entertained as they advocate for peaceful celebrations.

 Muslims observe Eid-al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, each year. This festival commemorates Ibrahim’s (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his son to God.

The three-day festival also marks the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia to Prophet Muhammad's birthplace. Muslims typically make the pilgrimage once in their lifetimes.

The festival starts on the 10th day of the last Islamic month on the calendar, Dhu al-Hijjah, this year landing on Thursday or Friday, depending on the region.

On the Eid, many Muslims celebrate and pay tribute to Allah, who gave mercy to Ibrahim, going to a mosque for morning prayers followed by slaughtering animals.

Much of the meat is given away to others as a symbol of Muslim’s willingness to give up on behalf of Allah’s command.

The sacrificed animal is cut in thirds, with one third eaten in a celebratory dinner by family, one third offered to friends, and the remaining portion donated to those less fortunate.

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