Selasa, Oktober 15, 2013

Eid Adha Celebration

Today, is a Eid Adha celebration. It is a special day for me, as a Muslim, this 10 until of Dhu-al-Hijjah month (a last month in lunar calendar) is a historical period when all the Muslim need to memorize and take a lessons from scarification of Prophet Ibrahim, his wife Hajar and his son, Prophet Ismail obedience to the only God (Allah). For me, I need to obey and worship to Allah in what ever difficulties that I had in this life.

As all knew, Mecca/Makkah is a holy city for Muslim to worship Allah. All Muslim over the world faced to Mecca (we call as Qibla) during our prayer. I'm in Malaysia, so, I will facing 292.57° N (6980 km) in my daily prayer. This period of celebration, the Muslim who have their strength to go there, they will do the fifth pillars of Islam (Hajj: pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime, if he/she is able to do.)

The Hajj is associated with the life of the Prophet Muhammad from the 7th century, but the ritual of pilgrimage to Mecca is considered by Muslims to stretch back thousands of years to the time of Prophet Ibrahim. Pilgrims perform a series of rituals:
1. Tawaf or circumambulation
2. Wuquf in Arafat (spend time praying, and thinking about the course of their lives)
3. Ramy Al-Jamarat throws stones in a ritual Stoning of the Devil (This symbolizes the trials experienced by Abraham while he was going to sacrifice his son as demanded by God).
4. Perform a Sa'i which means rapidly walking seven times back and forth between the hills of Safa and Marwah. This is a re-enactment of Hajar's frantic search for water. The baby Ismail cried and hit the ground with his foot and water miraculously sprang forth. This source of water is today called the Well of Zamzam.
5. and others...

For me, whose not have chance to go there yet, we will perform our prayer here and to sacrifice their best halal domestic animals (usually a cow, but can also be a camel, goat, sheep or ram depending on the region) as a symbol of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his young first-born son Ismail as an act of submission to Allah's command and his son's acceptance to being sacrificed, before Allah intervened to provide Abraham with a Lamb to sacrifice instead. I'm still don't have enough money, so, I help community to slaughter a cow and do cook here, and the meat will be distribute to the poor people and community.

That's my story of this great celebration day each year in my life.
May God (Allah) bless us!

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