By Tausif Malik
Muslims from across the Chicagoland area prayed at various Masjids and joined with other Muslims of the world to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha on November 6, 2011.Various Masjids across Chicagoland held multiple prayers accommodate the faithful and people hugged friends and relatives while exchanging greetings after the morning prayer. After prayers, the devotees sacrificed goats and other animals and shared the meat with their relatives, friends and the poor.
â€œIn todayâ€™s second sermon at MEC Morton Grove, the Imam Sheikh Omar Baloch gave an explanation for the celebration of Bakr-Eid. The celebration is to commemorate Prophet Ibrahimâ€™s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to Almighty.He further said that the importance of trust amongst families and communities ,which is in turn is trust based on their individual dedication towards the word of Almighty.
â€œThe festival underlines the truth that sacrifice brings man and god close to each other. It is not about the sacrifice of goat or sheep, but a reminder of oneâ€™s submission to god and the feeling of sacrifice and obedience attached to it,â€ Razia Ataur rehman, a resident of Morton Grove said.
Resident of Devon Avenue Asif said â€œSacrifice is important for individual and group as this fosters love and affection â€œand his words were also echoed by his friend Rashid.
Sisters Thameem Mohiuddin,Naveen and Sharmeen along with their mother Nahid Mohiduddin were excited to celebrate the Eid and wished for happiness and peace for everyone.
The Khan family of Schaumburg said that Family and respect for the creator helps them steer through the economic challenges.