Remember God on Eid Holiday

Holiday dito from October 14 to 19, and nagsimula ito noong  Friday, Eid al-Adha – the Feast of Sacrifice – marking the end of hajj, an annual pilgrimage undertaken by some 1.5 million Muslims this year in Saudi Arabia.

The holiday commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to obey God’s command to sacrifice his son Ismael.

Muslims believe that the very moment Ibrahim raised the knife, God told him to stop, that he had passed the test, and to replace Ismael with a sacrificial ram. Ang mga muslims sa buong mundo sangayon sa kaugalian ay nagkakatay ng tupa o baka at ito ay  distributed among the family and neighbors as well as the poor and needy.

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Dito sa Saudi, ang mga Muslim pilgrims ay nagsasama-sama  sa Muzdalifah sa Lunes to prepare for Eid al-Adha feast after a day of prayer sa bundok ng Arafat.  The faithful will spend the night in Muzdalifah to collect stones which they will use a symbolic ritual of stoning the devil in nearby Mina on Tuesday, the first day of the feast of sacrifice.

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Aking naoobserbahan na ang mga kapuwa ko OFW na hindi muslim ay looking forward sa holiday na ito at ang mga araw ay kanilang pinaplano para sa pagpunta sa mga beaches ng Eastern Province. Ang mga taga Riyadh o Central Province ay bumababa ng Al Khobar at Dammam para magpalipas ng oras sa tabing dagat. Meron din namang nagoorganize ng mga pag-akyat sa mga bundok, sa mga historic places, riding camels, ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles), at marami rin ang tumitigil na lang sa kanikanilang accomodation at ginugugol ang oras sa panonood ng mga pelikula, chatting, browsing, or FB surfing.

Halos lahat ay nasa pahinga, lakwatsa, relax at socializing mode… and that is how most OFWs see this holiday.

Few realizes the real meaning of the holiday as what the Muslims observe it, to thank God and abhor the devil.

Huwag sana nating kalimutan magpasalamat sa mga biyayang ating tinatanggap, ipanalangin ang mga dumaranas ng hirap at nawawalan ng pagasa sa holiday na ito.

Let us see this as an opportunity to call on God, hindi lang ang holiday ay pagpapahinga, pagsasaya, pamamasyal o pagsososyal.

Let us treat this as Holy Day not a holiday.

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“I got a holiday a paid holiday. I got a holiday in my head. And what you want, what you really need. Are two different things wouldn’t you say. The line is thin between fun and sin.” – Smash Mouth

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