MARYLAND – Muslims living in Maryland, the US, are sharing the happiness and joy of their `Eid Al-Adha celebration with non-Muslims, distributing the meat of their Udhiyah [sacrifice] to the poor and needy.
The video, published by Voice of America on Thursday, August 30, shows a local Muslim organization in a residential area in Silver Spring, Maryland, distributing more than 2700 kilos of meat to the community.
`Eid Al-Adha, or “Feast of Sacrifice”, marks the end of the Hajj season and is one of the two most important Islamic celebrations, together with Eid Al-Fitr.
A financially-able Muslim sacrifices a single sheep or goat or shares with six others in sacrificing a camel or cow as an act of worship during the four-day `Eid Al-Adha celebrations.
The ritual commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail to Allah as an act of obedience and submission.
The Udhiyah meat is divided into three equal parts, one each for one’s own family, friends and the poor.
It is permissible that someone in another country could perform the sacrifice on one’s behalf.