Extracted from “South Asian Focus E-Newspaper”
Community to celebrate Eid this weekend
Tuesday November 1 2011, By NOUMAN KHALIL
The Muslim community of the Greater Toronto Areas is all set to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha this Sunday.
The three-day grand celebration is marked in remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham – PBUH) act of obedience to God to sacrifice his son (Ismail).
Every year the festival begins on the 10th of Dhul Hajjah, a day after Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Last week the Saudi Hajj authorities announced the day of Arafah (Hajj) will be on Friday, November 4, whereas in the GTA, Isna (Islamic Society of North America) and the Hilal Committee of Toronto declared Eid-ul-Adha on Sunday, Nov 6.
More than 2.5 million Muslims around the world, including an average 7,500 from the GTA, perform Hajj every year.
Hajj is one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith, and it is mandatory once in a lifetime for all those who have the financial ability.
On the next day of Hajj, people start performing ‘qurbani’ – sacrifice of an animal commemorating the act of Prophet Ibrahim – over the period of the three-day celebration.
The ‘qurbani’ meat is then distributed in three equal shares – among the performer him/herself, the poor and relatives/neighbours/friends.
Canada Post has released two unique postage stamps for this Eid.
One stamp features a still life painting of a feast at dusk and “Eid Greetings” in English and French while the other features the words “Eid Mubarak” in Urdu calligraphy with “Eid Greetings” in English and French.
Canada Post said it offers these stamps to be used, kept as a souvenir, or donated to the poor as a gift.
On the occasion of Eid, Premier Dalton McGuinty greeted the community and wished them a happy Eid.
“On behalf of all Ontarians, I wish you a very happy Eid. Thank you for working so hard to raise your families, contributing to our communities, and for working together to build a strong Ontario,” said McGuinty.
“We welcome the world – all cultures, faiths, peoples. Ontario thrives on diversity. It enriches us economically, socially, and culturally. I wish you safe and memorable celebrations with your loved ones, this Eid,” said McGuinty.
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