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Eid al-Adha

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm
QURAN: Al-Baqarah (The Cow) Chapter 2: Verse 143 (partial)  

God will never let your faith go to waste.

 

HADITH: The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Ask God for forgiveness and health, for after being granted certainty, one is given nothing better than (good) health.”

Muslims in Greater Kansas City to celebrate Eid al-Adha on Tuesday November 16. Festivities to start with prayers. In Islamic calendar Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice is one of the two major holidays, the other being Eid al-Fitr at the end of month-long Ramadan fasting.

Eid al-Adha concludes the Hajj, annual pilgrimage to Mecca. This year dozens of Muslims from Kansas City area have joined thousands of Muslims from America and over 2 million from around the world who are performing Hajj which started on November 7 and culminates on the day of Arafah on Monday November 15. Next 3 days after the Hajj about 1.5 billion Muslims around the world will be celebrating the Eid.

Edi al-Adha commemorates prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham) willingness to obey God by sacrificing his son Ismail (Ishmael). According to the Qura’n, Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son when a voice from heaven stopped him and allowed him to sacrifice a ram instead.

The feast re-enacts Ibrahim’s obedience by sacrificing a domestic animal such as cow, goat, sheep or camel. The family can keep about a third of the meat, share a third with relatives, friends, neighbors and donate the rest to the poor.

Several thousand Muslims in and around the metro area will start the Eid celebration with the prayers on Tuesday November 16 morning at the Exhibit Hall A of the Bartle Hall Convention Center, 301 W 13Th St, Kansas City, Missouri. Takbeerat begin at 8 A.M and the prayer at 9 A.M. In addition for the convenience of the Muslims living in South Johnson County prayers at 8:30 A.M. will be held at the Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, Kansas. Worshippers are asked to bring own prayer cloth/rug as the halls are not carpeted. After the prayers Muslims greet one another with “Eid Mubarak” which can be paraphrased as “may you enjoy a blessed festival.”

Several area Middle Eastern and South Asian grocery stores such as Halal Meat Market 7805 W 151st St, Overland Park, KS (913-383-5355) and Patel Foods, 7214 W 119Th St, Overland Park, KS (913-696-1950) are taking orders for beef, lamb or goat for sacrifice. Islamic Circle of North America-Kansas City Chapter is collecting warm clothes to distribute to the poor families in the metropolitan area. Several relief agencies are also appealing to send the donation to the starving people in other countries so that they can also join the happiness of this festival. For more info http://isgkc.org/site/announcement and http://icjc.org/ .

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