Eid-ul-Adha: Tolerate Each other's views - Northern Regional Minister to Malam's
The Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Shani Alhassan Shaibu tasked the Muslim gathering to equally sacrifice for each other in order to fulfil the Eid-ul-Adha celebration.
Muslims in the Northern Region joined the globe in observing the Eid-ul-Adha prayers at the Tamale Jubilee Park.
Due to the covid-19 pandemic, congregational prayers was halted to help curb the spread of the virus, but today about thousand of believers in Tamale and it's adjoining communities converged at the park for the prayers.
The Regional Chief Imam, Sheikh Abdul Salam Ahmed after the prayers admonished Muslims to uphold the core principles of Islam devoid of hate speech and extremism.
He charged the gathering to use this festive season to show love and care for one another.
Sheikh Abdul Salam used the occasion and confirmed Malam's who for obvious reasons use the holy Quran to attack each other at any given opportunity.
On his part, the Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Shani Alhassan Shaibu advised the public to celebrate Eid with care and decorum.
According to him, the Eid-ul-Adha celebration is a period of togetherness, forgiveness and obedience hence the sacrifice of Ram's.
He tasked the Muslim gathering to equally sacrifice for each other in order to fulfil the Eid-ul-Adha celebration.
Alhaji Shani called for seizing fire between the Tijjaniya and the Shia Islamic sects in the region which has been lingering.
He said the debate between the two sects is uncalled for, Islamic and not an example of Islam.
He charged both parties including the Ahmadiyya and Ahlul-Sunnah to learn to tolerate and accept each other's views for the oneness of Allah.
The Regional Minister however wondered why the Islamic clerics understand the Quran verses different.
Some celebrates at the Tamale Jubilee Park also spoke to the news team by sharing their Eid-ul-Adha message, they prayed for prosperity and more life ahead.
The celebration of Eid-ul-Adha is to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah SWT and his readiness to sacrifice his beloved son, Ismail. At the very point of sacrifice, Allah SWT replaced Ismail with a ram, which was to be slaughtered in place of his son.
This command from Allah SWT was a test of Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness and commitment to obey his Lord’s command, without question. Therefore, Eid-ul-Adha means the festival of sacrifice.
The Eid-ul-Adha prayers are observed in larger mosques or open places because of the number of congregants.
The act of the sacrifice consists of slaughtering an animal as a sacrifice to mark the occasion in remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice for Allah SWT.
The prescribed animal for the sacrifice must be a healthy goat, however, for the purpose of plenty of meat, a celebration can include sheep, lamb, cow, bull or a camel.
The animal must be in good health and over a certain age in order to be slaughtered, in a “halal” friendly, Islamic way.
After the slaughtering, the meat can then be divided into three equal portions per share; one-third is for you and your family, one-third is for friends, and the final third is to be donated to those in need.
Traditionally, the day is spent celebrating with family, friends and loved ones, often wearing new or best attire and giving gifts.