The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Ondo State chapter has commemorated with Muslim faithfuls in the State over this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
The institute in a press release on Sunday by its Chairman, Lamidi Ishola, urged Muslims and Nigerians to reflect on the lessons of obedient which Prophet Ibrahim chose over his self desire, when commanded by God to use his son as a form of worship.
The NIPR used the opportunity of the celebration to remind the faithfuls on the significance of the event.
“Commemoration of Abraham (Ibrahim)’s willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience of a command from God is the crux of this celebration.
“Eid-el-Kabir (Adha) is the second and bigger of the two main holidays celebrated in Islam (the other being Eid al-Fitr). It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ismail (Ishmael) as an act of obedience to Allah’s command. Before Ibrahim could sacrifice his son, however, Allah provided him with a lamb which he was supposed to kill in his son’s place because of his willingness to sacrifice his own son in the name of God.
“In commemoration of this intervention, animals are ritually slaughtered. Part of their meat is consumed by the family which offers the animal, while the rest of the meat is distributed to the poor and the needy.
“We wish our respected Muslim brothers & sisters a Happy Eid,” NIPR noted.