Eid al-Adha 2012 is Just Near to Come!

Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice, is an important Muslim festival starting later this week. It is one of two ‘Eid’ festivals, and is celebrated by both Sunni and Shia Muslims. According to location, it’s also known by many other names, including Greater Eid, Id-ul Zuha, or Baqri Id (Bakrid).

The Hajj – a special pilgrimage to Mecca – this year it starts on or around October 26 (2012) and lasts four days. It’s an important time of prayer, remembrance, gift giving and sacrifice.

Food is shared. Charitable acts are important to ensure the less well off can also celebrate.

Its roots are in commemorating which commemorates Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) willingness to sacrifice his much loved son in obedience to Allah – the ultimate sacrifice.

If you’re Muslim, why not use the Eid, as many do, as a chance to invite non-Muslims work colleagues to Eid festivities as a way of introducing them to Islam and Muslim culture?

And if you’re not Muslim, but work with Muslim colleagues, it’s important to respect the celebration, and not expect them to be working over the period. It’s a time for family and friends, as important in the Muslim calendar. Why not ask about the celebrations and plans? Colleagues usually appreciate you asking about what’s important to them, and you’ll know what you can expect over the coming period.

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