Mangalore, Oct 16: Today in all over the world Muslims celebrates Eid-ul-Adha, the festival of sacrifice. The people of Mangalore also celebrated Eid (Bakrid) joyfully o Oct. 16 Wednesday.
‘Bakrid’, the second major festival of Islamic calendar is celebrated as a sign of the ability Abraham to sacrifice his only son at God’s command.
Muslims around the world believe that Allah (God) commanded Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Ibrahim followed God’s orders, but his son was replaced by a sheep at the last moment. Muslims celebrate this at Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha is called Id-ul-Adha in Arabic and Bakr-Id in the Indian subcontinent, because of the tradition of sacrificing a goat or “bakr” in Urdu. The word “id” derived from the Arabic “iwd” means “festival” and “zuha” comes from “uzhaiyya” which translates to “sacrifice”.
On this day men, women and children will wore new dress to perform Eid prayer in a large congregation is an open waqf field called Eidgah or mosque.
A wealthy Muslim can sacrifice their best halal domestic animals(goat, Sheep) as a symbol of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son.
This festival is incorporated in the great pilgrimage to Mecca which should properly be made during this month but it is also observed all over the Muslim world at the same time.
In Mangalore city many Mosques were filled with the people to offer Eid prayers. Juma Masjid Sayyid Madani Dargah Noor Masjid in Hampankatta and Salsabeel Masjid in Ullal, and Huda Masjid and Thokkottu and several other masjids also filled with large numbers of devotees.