By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
While felicitating with Muslim faithful all over the world especially in NIgeria, Founder of the Kaduna International Film Festival (KADIFF), Audu I. Kashim has called for prayers for NIgeria and its leaders.
This was contained in a statement he personally signed and made available to our correspondent on Tuesday.
“As we celebrate Eid-el-Kabir this year, I urge us to pray for our country Nigeria and our leaders most especially at this time of security challenges, economy crises and other issues we are faced with, Follow the ways and teachings of Allah.
“Let us learn to avoid violence and tolerate one another with love. While we celebrate let’s remember the act of charity which can be in the form of money, food or clothes to the homeless or poor,” it said.
He explained that Eid-el-Kabir which is also Known as Eid al-Adha, Eid ul Adha, Id-ul-Azha, Id-ul-Zuha, Hari Raya Haji or Bakr-id; the ‘Feast of Sacrifice is one of the most important feast of the Muslim calendar and the celebration this year falls on 20th July 2021.
“This festival is celebrated throughout the Muslim world as a commemoration of Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice everything for God.
“Eid al-Adha concludes the Pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid al-Adha lasts for three days and commemorates Ibrahim’s (Abraham) willingness to obey God by sacrificing his son,” he said.
The KADIFF founder explained that the same story appears in the Bible and is familiar to Jews and Christians.
“According to the Quran, Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son when a voice from heaven stopped him and allowed him to make something else as a ‘great sacrifice’. In the Old Testament, it is a ram that is sacrificed instead of the son. In Islam, Ishmael is regarded as a prophet and an ancestor of Muhammad.
“During the feast of Eid Al Adha, Muslims re-enact Ibrahim’s obedience by sacrificing a cow or ram. The family will share the meat in segment a part for them, another goes to friends and relatives, and the remaining is donated to the poor and needy,” he explained.
He therefore, wished all Muslim faithful a happy celebration and hoped to see them all at the 4th Kaduna International Film festival next month in Kaduna.