Malacañang Palace declared September 1, 2017 holiday in observance of “Eid’l Adha” or the “Feast of Sacrifice.” Eid’l Adha marks the descent of pilgrims as they complete the annual Hajj in Mecca, Islam’s holiest city to commemorate the sacrifice made by Abraham in obedience to Allah’s command.
President Duterte’s announcement for September 1, 2017 Holiday was made through Proclamation No. 297, based on the recommendation of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos in pursuant to the final declaration of the Government of the Kingdon of Saudi Arabia.
Proclamation No. 297 recognizes Eid’l Adha ( September 1 2017 Holiday )as one of the two greatest feasts of Islam along with Eid’l Fitr – which marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
Did you know?
- According to the Saudi authorities, they were ready to welcome more than two million Muslims from around the globe for this week’s hajj pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest sites. Hajj is required for Muslims to perform at least once in their life if able to do so. Pilgrims begin gathering in Mina Valley, near Mecca, to prepare to climb Mount Arafat which is considered the climax of the Hajj.
- Source: ABS-CBN News
- According to the history of Eid’l Adha, one of the main trials of Abraham’s life was to face the command of God to sacrifice his dearest possession, his son. The son is not named in the Quran, but Muslims believe it to be Ishmael, though it is mentioned as Isaac in the Bible. Upon hearing this command, Abraham prepared to submit to will of God. During this preparation, Shaitan (the Devil) tempted Abraham and his family by trying to dissuade them from carrying out God’s commandment, and Abraham drove Satan away by throwing pebbles at him. In commemoration of their rejection of Satan, stones are thrown at symbolic pillars during the Stoning of the Devil during Hajj rites.
- When Abraham attempted to cut his throat, he was astonished to see that his son was unharmed and instead, he found a ram which was slaughtered. Abraham had passed the test by his willingness to carry out God’s command.
- This story is known as the Akedah in Judaism (Binding of Isaac) and originates in the Tora, the first book of Moses (Genesis, Ch. 22).