SILCHAR: Eid-uz-Zuha (Bakrid or Bakra Eid) or ‘Feast of the Sacrifice’ or ‘Festival of Sacrifice’ has been celebrated with festive fervour here today.
The festival honours the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command. Before Abraham could sacrifice his son, God provided a ram to sacrifice instead. Maulana Nurul Haque Talukdar, principal, Silchar A lia Madrassa and Maulana Maqbool Hussain Laskar conducted the Eid prayers at Tikarbasti Idgah, the oldest mosque in the south Assam region. The prayers began at 8.30 in the morning. They laid stress on building harmonious relations, goodwill and adoption of non violent means.
Emphasis was laid on spreading the message of goodwill, kindness and social harmony. They appealed to the wayward and misguided persons in the community to shun the path of misconduct. In his message, Maulana Nurul Haque Talukdar called upon the congregation to follow the doctrines of the Supreme God and lead a life of peace and restraint. He laid stress on spreading the message of goodwill and harmony in the society. Imam Maulana Shabbir Ahmed Laskar, head Maulana, Bara Masjid of this town conducted the holy prayers at Itkhola Idgah and also delivered the message of peace, love and harmony.
In commemoration of this, an animal is sacrificed and divided into three parts: one third of the share is given to the poor and needy; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbours; and the remaining third is retained by the family. In the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah. Devotees offered the Eid al-Adha prayers at various mosques. The Eid al-Adha prayer is performed any time after the sun completely rises up to just before the entering of Zuhr time, on the 10th of Dhu al-Hijjah. Eid prayers were offered in congregation.
Participation of women in the prayer congregation varies from community to community. At the conclusion of the prayers and sermon, Muslim people embraced and exchanged greetings and gifts with one another. Many Muslims also take this opportunity to invite their non-Muslim friends, neighbours, co-workers and classmates to their Eid festivities to better acquaint them about Islam and Muslim culture. Men, women, and children dressed up in their finest attire to perform Eid prayer in a large congregation in an open field called Idgah or mosque.