Monday, November 23, 2009

The Meaning of Hari Raya Aidiladha

Aidiladha is also commonly known as Hari Raya Korban or Hari Raya Haji in Malaysia.
Celebrated about 2 months after Hari Raya Aidlfitri,on the 10th day of Zulhijah,the 12th last month of the Muslim Calendar it marks the end of the Haj pilgrimage period about 2 weeks.
Every year million of Muslims make the journey to Mecca in Saudi Arabia to perform the Haj,one of the five tenets of Islam.Aidiladha also commemorates the sacrifices made by the Prophet Ibrahim who demostrated immense faith when he was put to the test of
God (Allah S.W.T).Prophet Ibrahim was commended to offer his son Ismail up for sacrifices and though it grieved him greatly he made ready to perform the task.However,as he was about to strike his son,God stopped him and revealed that it was a trial.Ismail's life was spareda and a ram was sacrificed in his place.
As such during Aidiladha,the sacrifice of four-legged animals such as lambs,goats,cows,bulls and camels is performed.The slaughter of the animal is done after the congregational prayer in the morning of Aidiladha.The animal are killed in accordance with the proper religious rites and the meat is then distributed.One third of the meat is given to the individual who made the sacrifices while the rest is given to the poor and deserving people in the community.
Making the sacrifices or Korban is not a compulsory religious story duty but an obligations for those who are able to afford it.
The rest of the day is celebrated by visiting relatives and friends.
THE STAR, December 28 2008