As the Muslim fraternity today celebrated Eid al-Adha, the Rwanda Muslim Community urged Rwandans to be vigilant against the Ebola virus disease and here they also took chance to ask Muslims to avoid any kind of discrimination and stick to the values of unity.
Rwandan Muslims have joined millions of
counterparts around the world to celebrate Eid Al-Adha, Arabic expression
meaning Festival of Sacrifice.
Also known as Feast of Sacrifice or Big Eid, it is one of the two major festivals of Islam but considered the holier. The other is Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.
Eid Al-Adha commemorates the Koran tale of Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael but God offered him a lamb to sacrifice, ruling that no human life should be sacrificed in the name of God.
Among Christian and Jews communities, they believe that Abraham is ordered to sacrifice another son Isaac.
Rwandan Muslims have convened today in Nyamirambo to offer prayers.
The Mufti of Rwanda, Sheikh Salim Hitimana, led the gathering in prayers.
He encouraged the Muslim community to be vigilant against the Ebola virus disease and to avoid any kind of discrimination and stick to the values of unity.
Muslims also took part in offering sacrifice and also shared a meal with family and vulnerable members as it is stipulated in Quran.
Rwandan Muslim community offered a sacrifice worth Rwf 600 altogether according to figures from Rwanda Muslim Community Secretariate.
Eid al-Adha has come a week after millions of Muslims started annual Islamic pilgrimage in Mina and Mecca cities of Saudi Arabia.
The Holy pilgrimage started August 4 with 85 Rwandans participating.