Muslims across the country will on Friday September 1, 2017 celebrate Eid al-Adha, the three-day Islamic festival after the Hajj – the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca that all believers who can afford it are required to perform once.
Eid al-Abha is one of the two most important Islamic festivals, and is known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, as it recalls Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah.
To mark this, Muslims all over the world sacrifice an animal on that day.
“It is on the 10th day that we Muslims celebrate Eid al- Adha by sacrificing animals and I do request fellow Muslims to celebrate and enjoy peacefully in this festive period which would last for three days,” said one of Malawian Islamic scholars Sheik Shamiuna Ukasha.
Eid al-Adha means Festival/Feast of the Sacrifice.
It marks the date when Ibrahim was commanded by Allah to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, to show his devotion.
Ibrahim was about to go ahead with the sacrifice when he was given a lamb to slaughter instead.
It’s similar to the Christian and Jewish accounts in which God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac.
The story illustrates devotion to Allah and willingness to accept the command of the Almighty.