Gambians will join the rest of the Muslim Ummah to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha, locally referred to as ‘Tobaski’, on Monday September 12, 2016.
Eid-ul-Adha, “Festival of the Sacrifice”, also called the “Sacrifice Feast” or “Bakr-Eid”, is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holiest of the two. It honors the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (May Allah be Pleased with Him) to sacrifice his son, as an act of submission to God’s command, before God intervened, through his angel Jibra’il (Gabriel) and informs him that his sacrifice has already been accepted.
The meat from the sacrificed animal is preferred to be divided into three parts. The family retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbours; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy.
Like Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Adha begins with a Sunnah prayer of two Rakats followed by a sermon (Khutbah). The Eid sacrifice may take place until sunset on the 13th day of Dhu al-Hijjah.
At the conclusion of the prayers and sermon, Muslims embrace and exchange greetings with one other (Eid Mubarak), give gifts (Eidi) to children, and visit one another.
We would like to wish His Excellency, President of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia, Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya AJJ Jammeh, Babili Mansa, the First Family and the entire Gambian Muslim Ummah Eid Mubarak in advance.