The National Black Police association wishes Eid Mubarak to all our members celebrating Eid Al-Adha. We recognise this is an important event in the Muslim calendar and wanted our thoughts on this special occasion.
For those who don’t know, Eid Al-Adha is known as the “festival of sacrifice.” Eid Al-Adha commemorates the prophet Ibrahim’s readiness to sacrifice his son in order to demonstrate his dedication to God. Eid al-Adha coincides with Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia.
Eid Al-Adha takes places on the 10th day of the final month of the Islamic calendar, Dhu al-Hijjah. Dhu al-Hijjah is the 12th and most sacred month of the Islamic year, during which observant Muslims travel to Mecca for Hajj. All able-bodied adults of the Islamic faith are expected to complete Hajj at least once in their lifetimes. This year Eid Al-Adha begins on 19th July and ends on the evening of Friday 23rd July.
Eid al-Adha usually starts with Muslims going to the Mosque for prayers in new finery. As it is known as the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’, a sheep, goat, camel or cow is usually sacrificed during the period. This is called Qurbani. In many countries this is done as part of a public ritual, but in the UK it usually takes place in a slaughterhouse. The meat is shared equally between family, friends and the poor, along with a big feast of mostly savoury dishes.
This year’s celebrations may look slightly different due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions in place in some regions of the UK but we hope our members can still celebrate in a safe manner.
Eid Mubarak and enjoy Eid Al-Adha