Nigerian Muslims Celebrate Eid-el-Kabir

Nigerian Muslims join other faithful around the world to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, an Islamic Cleric Abubakar Mohammed has called on Nigerians to exhibit love and sacrifice which are significant in the celebration of Eid-el-Kabir, also called the Feast of Sacrifice.

The event which is the second of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide each year, commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, as an act of submission to God’s command, before God intervened through Angel Gabriel who informed him that his sacrifice has already been accepted.

According to the Islamic cleric, the day signifies obedience, faithfulness, dedication, sacrifice, selfless service and love demonstrated through sharing of the sacrificed meat which is divided into three places as the family retains one third, another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbours and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy.

While thanking God for making the people witness another celebration, Abubakar prayed for the repose of the souls of those who died during the pilgrimage in Mecca and urged the people to use the occasion to do some soul-searching, with a view to improving their relationships with Almighty Allah and humanity.

Our correspondent, Bassey Ibiatisuho reports that the celebration marks the end of the annual Hajj to Mecca which usually witness gathering of family and friends, sharing of meals, wearing of new clothes and exchange of gifts.

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