Since Thursday, Shouts of ‘Barka da Sallah’ have rent the air, and the aroma of roast meat carries through the air from neighbourhood to neighbourhood. It is Eid al- Adha, the second greatest Muslim festival, coming second only to Eid al Fitri, and lasts four days according to the Islamic lunar calendar.
Eid Al-Adha ends today, but some people might have the meat for the next month, and a few more, more food than they could have imagined, provided by God.
It is a festival celebrated to remember Ibrahim’s loyalty and obedience, his willingness to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to God’s command. This is why Eid al-Adha is known as the festival of sacrifice and why families slaughter an animal — often a goat, sheep or a cow — to give to a family in need. Eid al-Adha comes after Hajj, which sees about 2.5 million Muslims make the trip to Mecca, however this year, Saudi Arabia said it would allow just 1,000 people, and all from within the kingdom.
A tweet showed pilgrims maintaining social distance and wearing nose masks, as they performed final rites of the Hajj in Mecca.
Due to the pandemic, the accompanying pomp that is significant with a festival of such magnitude has been put on low-key. People have tried to celebrate while remaining conscious about social distancing, and some others have also decided to throw caution to the wind as they wait for a piece-or few pieces of meat.
In some places, like Ota in Ogun state people made last-minute visits to the market, to take advantage of discounts from the purchase of ram, goat, cows, tomato, rice and other food items.
Senator Danjuma Goje, Chairman of the North East Caucus in the National Assembly, in his Sallah message asked Nigerians to remain united despite the various challenges facing the nation.
He said ‘“On this Eid-el-Kabir, may the peace of Allah abide with you, may His glory overwhelm, his favour, grace and mercy never depart from our life, now and forever”.