Thursday, November 26, 2009
BAKRID -THE FESTIVAL OF SACRIFICE
Good Evening!today is Thanks giving Day.it is celebrated around the world with great enthusiasm.it is also called turkey day because turkey is the most common main dish of a Thanks giving dinner.it's the time of family gatherings and holiday meals n joyous reunion.I want to thank all of you,dear friends for your valuable support,love showered n making your presence felt.they make a lot of difference in my life!:)I am grateful to all of you for being there when I need you!
Today is 26th November,and I want to pay my respects n love to all the great souls who are in our memories forever.it's difficult to think of the terrific attacks in Mumbai.I join the dear n near ones to pray for the peace of departed souls.they have sacrificed their precious lives for others to be alive!what a great mission!
Eid Mubarak!Salam Alaikum!
The festival Bakrid is celebrated all over Gulf countries n in Kerala tomorrow on 27th November ,Friday.
the festival of sacrifice is celebrated on the tenth day of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijja.Id-ul-Zuha also called Id-ul-Adha in Arabic and Bak-Id in the Indian subcontinent because of the tradition of sacrificing a goat or 'bakr'in Urdu.the word 'Id' derived from the Arabic'iwd'means festival and zuha comes from 'uzhaiyya' which translates to sacrifice.
On this day Muslims sacrifice a goat or bakr[Urdu]to commemorate the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim,who willingly agreed to kill his son at the behest of God.it is a reminder of Prophet Ibrahim's readiness to sacrifice his son for God's sake.it also marks the completion of Haj[pilgrimage to Mecca].Ibrahim decided to sacrifice his son Ismail,at Mina,near Mecca.as the great religious leader was on the point of applying the sword to the throat of his dear son,it was revealed to him that the exercise was merely a test of his faith in Allah and that he could sacrifice a ram instead.
Eid-AL-Adha occurs the day after the pilgrims conducting Hajj,the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia by Muslims worldwide,descend from Mount Arafat.it happens to be approximately seventy days after the end of the month of Ramdan.
On this day,special 'Dua'is recited by thousands of Muslims for peace and prosperity.the day also coincides with the day the holy Quran was declared complete.
prayers are offered in the mosques and the sacrificial meat is then distributed after the Id prayers.special delicacies are prepared and served among family and friends on this happy occasion.
it is atime of family get togethers.
Allahu Akbar which means God is Great will eb echoed in all Musilm houses.early morning they rise up and after having bath,all of them will gather in mosques where the Imam recites prayers and gives taks on how to go on with the commandments of God and lead a holy life like Ibrahim.Muslims prepare mouth watering meals,visit the dear and near ones,cracking jokes,laughing wholeheartedly,enjoy dancing and singing.
here, we celebrate the festival on 28th,November-Saturday.
Bakrid is a festival of great rejoice.exchange of greetings and gifts make people excited.the festival of sacrifice is celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety in India.giving n receiving gifts make us so excited!
promoting brotherhood and affection to the fellow people and showing the gratitude towards God that is what all Muslim celebrations bring about.
on this occasion of celebrations,I remember,my colleague, Rasheeda, her enthusiasm,her lively spirits,the energy filled dances n her creativity,her long silky hair,the pink rose on her hair,the sweet smile n I do think about her often who is no more with us today.she had left us on one 27th,November years before.it was an untimely departure of a wonderful person from her family n friends.
It's Anu signing off...................
when the females of Kerala are busy putting mehandi now,the previous night,I just want to tell you I love putting mehandi on my hands.it is so nice to be with the large number of a joint family singing and putting mehandi ,being in high spirits singing the special muslim songs.............
wishing you a wonderful BAKRID n to celebrate the festival in full spirits,
requesting you to cause a smile on the face of the less fortunate,
reminding you to share your happiness with the people of neighbourhood,
and ofcourse,Anu loves you all,
have a wonderful night today but before hitting bed, just tell me who won't like to own these beautiful hands?:)
you have to get up early tomorrow and spread peace n joy!