Muslims in NorMin observe Eid Al Adha-A A +A
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
MUSLIMS all over Northern Mindanao started celebrating the three-day feast called Eid Al Adha Tuesday to reawaken their brothers in living a life according to the teachings of Islam, said Ansari Moktar, adviser of the Confederation of Muslim Youth (CMY).
CMY has organized an activity in celebration of Eid Al Adha at the Pelaez Sports Center where hundreds of Muslims attended.
“This is happening every year,” said Moktar, adding that the festivity is participated in by Muslims from different ethnic tribes like Maranaw, Tausug, Maguindanao, including the “Balik-Islam” believers, who are mostly students and professionals.
Feast of sacrifice
Moktar added that the activity is a venue that will further unite the Muslims in the region.
Islamic preacher Dr. Alim Fatani Abdul Malik said this is the biggest feast in Islam, much bigger than the feast to mark the end of Ramadan.
“This is a feast of sacrifice,” said Malik pointing out that they will offer cows and goats as sacrificial animals.
Malik said the annual feast started 6,000 years ago to commemorate the sacrificial act of Ibrahim (Christian name: Abraham) who offered his own son to a deity.
“I am urging my Muslim brothers and sisters to sacrifice their greed for Islam,” said Malik.
Meanwhile, Arabic teacher Edris Salic joined in the activity to learn more about Islam.
“Kapag ikaw ay isang worshipper ng Islam, wag kang tumigil sa paghahanap ng kaalaman tungkol sa Islam (If you are a worshipper of Islam, you should not stop searching for more knowledge about Islam),” said Salic.
He added that searching for knowledge about Islam will equip him especially in the propagation of Islam to other people.
Salic said the feast will also help the Muslims strengthen their ties with one another.
Muhammed Khalid Boyboy from Igipit, Opol told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that he participated in the activity because he found it a very important event of prayer for unity among Muslims.
“Bawal ang malungkot (Sadness is prohibited),” said Salic explaining that the activity is intended to make everyone happy.
Salic said that if there is festivity and when everyone is happy, according to tradition, there will be rewards coming from the Prophet Muhammad.
“Kaya kami nandito ngayon dahil ang pagiging Muslim ay nakikita sa gawa at hindi sa pangalan (We are here today because being a Muslim is seen through actions and not by name),” said Salic explaining that coming early for the activity is one such act.
Boyboy said their united prayer will have a strong effect so that Allah will grant them graces, especially the gift of peace and prosperity.
Call for peace
“Sakit akong kasing-kasing, dili kana ang binuhatan sa tinuod nga Muslim (It pains me, that is not the act of a Muslim,” said Boyboy referring to the hostage crisis that happened in Zamboanga City.
Salic said he’s been praying for his Muslim brothers and sisters in
“Ipinagdarasal naming sila ... karapatan ng isang Muslim ang humiling kay Allah para sa kabutihan ng kanyang kapwa Muslim (We’ve been praying for them ... it is the right of every Muslim to ask Allah for the well-being of his fellow Muslims),” Salic said.
Malik, on the other hand, is praying that Zamboanga will recover soon from the damages brought about by the standoff between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
Malik said the three-day activity will be participated by around 5,000 Muslims and that they will have sports activities today (Wednesday).
The activity was organized by the confederation of Muslim youth that is composed of Siraj, Sharief Alavi, Think Center Muslim Student Organization in cooperation with National Commission on Muslim Filipinos and the Provincial Government.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 16, 2013.