On 4th October 2014, members of the Sudanese community gathered together to organize a gala event for families, in order to mark the occasion of Eid al-Adha. The event took place in Oakington Manor School in Stonebridge Park. The event began with a khutbah undertaken by Sheik Abd Alhamid El-Amin. This was followed by music by three renowned community musicians namely Hassan Al Zein, Samir Abu Samra, Mohammed Al Taweel and the music by Abu Zaar.There was plenty of traditional food provided by all the families attending. A competition for the children consisting of religious questions regarding Eid al-Adha was organised for the children present.
The event was organised by the Sudanese Community and Information Centre, Al Ansar and the Sudanese supplementary School.
The event was received very warmly and there was a great turnout from members of the community from all over London. The Sudanese community and Information Centre want to extend their thanks to the generous donations provided by the community, without which this event would not have being such a success.
Also, a special thanks to Mohammed Jamma for the beautiful photography on the day.
Known also as the Feast of Sacrifice or the Greater Eid, al-Adha is the second of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims the world over. In religious context, it honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ismail (Ishmael) as an act of submission to God's command. However, God intervened by offering a lamb in place of Ismail's life, revealing that the initial command was a test to Ibrahim.
In similar style to Eid al-Fitr (which takes place after Ramadan), al-Adha begins with a sunnah prayer of two rakats followed by a khutbah (religious sermon). The celebrations begin after a descent of the Hujjaj from the hill east of Makkah (Mecca), Mount Arafat.