Muslims in Malawi today (October 26) have joined their counterparts around the world in celebrating Eid al Adha (festival of sacrifice).
During the four-day religious holiday which starts with prayers in various mosques Muslims slaughter animals and share it to friends and needy.
National Coordinator of the Malawi Islamic Information Bureau, Sheik Dinala Chabulika, says Eid al Adha is an important day celebrated by Muslims worldwide.
“This is when Muslims honor the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his firstborn son Ishmael to obey God’s command when God interceded by substituting a ram in the child’s place.,” he says.
Eid al-Adha is the last of the two Eid holidays celebrated by Sunni and Shia Muslims within a year. The first holiday is Eid al-Fitr (the festival of fast-breaking).
The basis for the Eid al-Adha comes from the 196th verse of the 2nd sura of the Quran.
The three days and two nights of Eid al-Adha are celebrated annually on the 10th, 11th and 12th day of Dhu al-Hijjah the twelfth and last month of the lunar Islamic calendar.
In a related development the Blantyre based Muslim youths have planned an event to cerebrate eidul al-adha on Sunday, October 28 at Iqra Islamic Propagation Centre in the commercial capital Blantyre.
The event has been organized by Blantyre Muslim Youths Network under the theme “enhancing the spirit of togetherness”.
Its publicity secretary Nordin Cassim says the event seeks to encourage oneness among Muslim youths. Activities lined up include drama, Islamic songs, poems and Quran recitations.