Reading Muslim Council would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in the greater Reading area Eid Mubarak.
Eid Al-Adha (what we call Big Eid) is the end of the annual pilgrimage which we call the Hajj. Among the main themes and messages of Hajj is the Muslim’s duty to God. When we read about the remarkable stories of Prophet Ibrahim, Prophet Isma`IL, and Hajar, we witness extraordinary examples of their faith. Submission is the very meaning of the word “Islam”. Because the meaning and essence of Islam are manifested in Hajj, we are therefore reminded every year of our purpose in life.
Big Eid is a symbol for selfless giving and submission to God. On this day, we commemorate together the acts performed by Prophet Ibrahim and his family. The festival commemorates God’s gift of a ram in place of Isma’il (Ishmael), whom God had commanded Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice (in Judaism and Christianity, the child in this story is Ishmael’s brother Isaac). Big Eid (in part) is a celebration of this supreme example of Ibrahim’s faith.
Both the Big Eid and what we call little Eid (Eid Al-Fitr – the festival after the month of fasting) are an annual reminder that we Muslims believe this life is a test; where sacrifices are made; to care for and consider others and where fulfilment is achieved through Gods word. Muslim’s of every ethnic group, social status and culture are reminded and given this message ever year at the Hajj and the essence of that message is: Give Yourself To God.
We hope that wherever you are, you have a great day with your families and friends – and Eid Mubarak.