Eid el-Kabir falls annually on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah i.e. the 12th and final month in the Islamic calendar. The date may differ between nations because the precise day is determined by moon sightings. In Nigeria this year, the celebration was marked on Saturday, 9th July, 2022.
The festival of Eid el-Kabir is noteworthy as it is founded in the biblical narratives of both Islam and Christianity about how Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham), in obedience to God, was required to sacrifice his son before divine intervention. Thus, the true meaning and essence of this occasion is submission, obedience and love; virtues that are in short supply in our country today.
Eid-el-Kabir is therefore a season that calls for rededication to the cause of mankind, to appreciate the gift of life and to imbibe the virtues of tolerance, understanding and good neighbourliness.
During the feast of Eid Al Kabir, Muslims re-enact Ibrahim’s obedience by sacrificing a cow or ram. The family eats about a third of the meal a third goes to friends and relatives, and the remaining third is donated to the poor and needy.
The giving of charity in the form of money, food or clothes to the homeless or poor is another key tradition of Eid el Kabir.
Therefore, as we celebrate this special festival, we must reflect on and imbibe the essence of sacrifice and humility for the promotion of harmonious relationship in our country. We also need to take this opportunity to reach out to everyone in promoting love, peace and unity.
Happy Eid-el Kabir!
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