Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Eid

Today was Black Friday.
And today was Eid. Eid -ul-Adha.
There's no relation. I just though it important to mention both. Shopping is my thang.

We have two Eids: One after fasting {Eid-ul-Fitr} and another after a pilgrimage which is Eid-ul-Adha.

The pilgrimage is a journey to Makkah that every Muslim has to make, if he is financially and physically able to do so. We call this Pilgrimage "Hajj". Below is a picture of the Ka'ba. It was built by Prophet Abraham {Peace & blessing be upon him}. All those dot's around it? People!!!

There are a series of things one should do in Hajj. One is we go around the Ka'ba seven times. Another is we run between two mountains. It represents when Hagar ran between the two mountains looking for water for her son, Ishmael. {There are some more but then it'd get into a really lengthy post because I'd want to do it in detail. If you want more info let me know in the comments!}

Oh there's this place called Mount Arafat. We go and pray for forgiveness on that mountain. The day the pilgrims go there is a special day for everyone. If you fast on that day God forgives our sins from the previous year and the upcoming year. Two years worth of sins? It's a good deal. Especially for me. Kinda like Yom Kippur. This is the last day of the Hajj. And then we celebrate!!

Fun fact: Hajj is the largest annual pilgrimage in the world. About 5-6 million people come from around the world to worship God. I think dua to the swine flu situation there was an upper and lower age limit and some countries couldn't come.

It's pretty cool. Not the swine flu situation. Hajj.

I've never been, but I hope to one day. What's cool is that you can't tell who is rich and who is poor. You could have the richest man at one side and the poorest man on your other side and you wouldn't even know it. Everyone is dressed the same. Men are to wear two pieces of cloth that can't be tied/knotted and it can't be stitched. It's a simple garment. And they have to shave/trim their heads. I do not know how it stays on. I'm sure you can find a YouTube demo somewhere. There's no restriction on women, though. We can wear what we want yeeeah. But I think it should also be simple attire. The guy below didn't shave his head yet.

Anyways, Eid is celebrated after Hajj. During this Eid we sacrifice an animal. I think most people do a goat in my part sof the world. We keep 1/3 of it, give a third to other family members and another third to the poor. I know some people out there berate Muslims for this day, saying we love killing animals blah blah and that blood runs through the streets in some Muslim countries on this day. Honestly, what do you think slaughterhouses are?? They're cruel. They shock animals to death. Sometimes the animals don't even die and they're skinned alive. We have a certain way it should be done. And there's no or minimal pain. I don't know why people who choose to speak so hatefully against anything choose to remain so ignorant. At least get the facts straight. Then fight.
2) we give it 3 sips of water.
3) We say a prayer
4) Cut the Jugular vein so it doesn't feel any pain and loses conciousness immediately.
That's all I can remember. I think it shouldn't be a baby?? I've never done this and don't like watching it. Goats are my favorite animals, you know. I used to run after them in India when we visited as a little girl screaming "Bakkiiii!!" Bakri means goat but I couldn't say it properly.

Oh and I'd like to give a shout out to Best Buy for mentioning Eid. Although I have a feeling it was to get us out into their stores today lol. Oh and since Muslims go according to the Lunar calendar Eid won't be on Black friday next year. it's about ten days shorter than the Gregorian calendar.

Happy Eid & I hope you guys hauled in some nice stuff in the stores today. :)
Okay folks, I'm out of time. I hope that was a little educational and not so boring. If you do have questions, comments, feel free to leave them. :)


controlled chaos said...

Wait I don't think you have to shave your head. I think cutting some of it suffices

fyi TO EVERYONE ELSE- Eid means celebration. Basically it's our Christmas, only we have two.

Youthful Wisdom said...

I went for Hajj a few years ago... that year there were close to 6 million Muslims there!! crazyy stuff yo. It was definitely an amazing experience meeting and united with Muslims from all over the world!

Eid Mubarak!

Falling Up said...

CC - thanks for clarifying.

YW - 6 million?? wowww. I thought it was three. will correct.

MarjnHomer said...

Good post. I went shoppin out on Black Friday. It was pretty cool. got some furniture. check out the pics at my site.

Amalia said...

Happy Eid!!

Constructive Attitude said...

Eid Mubarak :)

Artistic Logic said...

hmm i think the men do have to shave cc..i think
the woman just trim a lock of their hair

eid mubarak

that bakri is a cutieeee

Smileyfreak said...

wow one day for TWO YEARS of sins?? :) Wicked

The Kid In The Front Row said...

Happy Eid!

Can one of you guys email me - I want to involve you in something, blogging-wise.


*mary* said...

I just watched a really good Nat. Geo. program on this in class. It was very interesting. I didn't expect there to be a "VIP" section once you get there though! Didn't see that one coming.

It looked like a very beautiful experience.

Little T said...

Happy belated Eid! I feel for the goats as well but at least the animal is respected and shared. We don't do anything close to that here. Once again, I learned something good from your blog.

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