Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid Al-Adha this week. The dates may vary according to moon sighting in different parts of the world.
According to Statistics Canada about 3.2%, of the Canadian population is Muslim, making Islam the second largest religion in the country after Christianity. The Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) holds Eid festivals to celebrate Eid Al-Adha.
Eid al-Adha is celebrated from 10th to 13th days of the Islamic month. It is a time for special prayers when friends and family come together, exchange good wishes and gifts, and make donations. Eid al-Adha is also a time for forgiveness and compassion.
Let us celebrate Eid Al-Adha in its’ true sense. All of us, from different faiths, can do better with adopting the spirit of Eid Al-Adha by sacrificing our vices, respecting all faiths, and enjoying our virtues.
While the COVID restrictions are easing and gatherings are becoming a possibility, Muslims in Canada are confronted with increasing incidents of hatred towards them making celebrations hard. “The recent tragedy in London, Ontario, is a painful reminder that Muslims continue to face insults, threats, and violence in communities across the country. Hatred and discrimination have no place in our society,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement on Tuesday. “Together, we must choose inclusion over intolerance, and reaffirm our commitment to a diverse Canada, where everyone – no matter their faith, ethnicity, culture, or gender – can feel welcome, safe, and respected.”
Eid Al-Adha is known as the Festival of Sacrifice because it traditionally includes the sacrifice of an animal permitted for food (eg. a lamb).
At times like this, all of us from different faiths, can do better with adopting this spirit of Eid Al-Adha and sacrificing our vices, respecting all faiths, and enjoying our virtues. Let us celebrate Eid Al-Adha in its’ true sense.