Dec 8, 2008

Eid-ul-azha: kurbaani eid

Another Eid day has come, it's Kurbani eid tomorrow. My mom is going to prepare all the nice meals: kabab, firni, polaw, meat-balls and other usual items for Eid. So far I don't have any task for Eid day, so I am going to decorate my hands with henna and if possible, will try to help mom( though most of the times, all my attempts to help her turns out as a mess and creates further problem ! )

We are going to sacrifice a cow this year. A very nice black cow , when I tried to feed it , it came to me quietly and I took a picture of the cow. had it realized that it is going to be sacrificed the next day ? When we enjoy the delicious meat curries, we never think of the source of the flesh.. but at the Eid day, it just happens before the eyes.. I don't know what happens to other children, but when I was younger, it just created so much pressure in my brain and I generally do not prefer to go out on Eid-ul-Azha. Sacrificing cows and goats in roads and streets of the city not only pollutes the environment, it may cause stress to children minds. These things should be done outside the main city and be strictly prohibited in residential area.

According to Wikipedia, Eid ul Azha is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims worldwide in commemoration of the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to Allah. The devil tempted Ibrahim by saying he should disobey God and spare his son. As Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son, God intervened and instead provided a lamb as the sacrifice. This is why today all over the world Muslims who have the means to, sacrifice an animal (usually a goat or a sheep), as a reminder of Ibrahim's obedience to God. The meat is then shared out with family, friends (Muslims or non-Muslims), as well as the poor members of the community.This tradition of sacrifice is great , sacrificing is a must for the people whose earning is higher than a given threshold and this earning has to be honest and legal.But sometimes it becomes a way of displaying wealth and power; like this year, as the national parliament election is approaching, the political leaders are going to sacrifice many animals to uplift their image in their locality.This is sarcastic indeed ! How they steal our money and "sacrifice" for Allah in the name of religion !
Whatever ! I am happy that I got a long vaccation.. this is the most plesearable thing that Eid brings with it. We don't haveto go to office and can stay home with our family. My friends and relatives living abroad always say that they miss the Eid day .. in a foreign land it's not the same fun and sometimes they don't even get a holiday in Eid . It's pathetic to work in the biggest festivals of the year. I just hope this year they will be able to have a happier Eid day. Eid mubarak to all.