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Islam Marks Eid'l Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice
Philippine Muslims Pray For Peace, Unity
MANILA -- Muslims around the world, including in the Philippines, celebrated today the Feast of Sacrifice, or Eid'l Adha in Arabic.
At the Blue Mosque in Maharlika Village, Taguig City, Metro Manila, an estimated 10,000 worshipers filled the house of worship to the brim, with thousands more spilling onto the fronting street and its adjacent area.
Eid'l Adha is an annual commemoration of the unwavering and total obedience of the Patriarch Abraham (Ibrahim in Islam), even at the point of his ultimate sacrifice of hi son: Ishmael to Muslims, Isaac to Christians.
The festival comes at the climax of the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, an obligatory act at least once in a lifetime for physically and financially capable Muslims -- man or woman.
The observance and celebration starts with an early morning prayer in mosques and open fields, a tradition of the Prophet Mohammad Sallallahu Allaihi Wassalam.
After the prayer, community leaders led the slaughter of cows or goats, of which the meat is divided into three: for the family (owner of animal), for the neighbors, and for the poor .
It is throwback to Abraham's near sacrifice of his son, which in Biblical and Qur'anic narratives the son was replaced with a sheep by God at the last second.
For the people in Maharlika Village, the 27 cows offered for slaughter were donated by the Sharjah Charity International organization, which bought each animal for 42,000 pesos, roughly about US$980.
Sheikh Mohammed Hamdan Alzhari and Abdullah Abdulkarim, two officials of the charity group performed the prayers at the Blue Mosque, after which they observed the cows' slaughter.
Hamdan Alzhari said they prayed for peace and unity among Muslims and with people of other religions.
His charity group also donated many goats for slaughter in southern Philippines. #