World Animal Remembrance Month on September, 2017: What are you doing for Eid-ul adha?
September, 2017 is World Animal Remembrance Month 2017.
Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim
Salaam Alaikum wa Rahmatullah
It is traditional to slaughter an animal in remembrance of the fact that Ibrahim, peace be upon him, was willing to sacrifice his son Ismaeel when Allah commanded him to do so. Of course, Allah substituted a ram in his stead and we slaughter an animal in recognition of this.
Since you are not able to do the slaughter, called " 'udhiya", you can participate by donating to charity if you have some money of your own that you can donate. There are charities that specifically collect so that poor people around the world can have their own 'udhiya. If you are not financially able to do so, then do the best you can to make du'a (supplication) and ask Allah to accept the hajj of those who are making the hajj this year. Allah knows that you are not in a position of strength since you are young and under the authority of your non-Muslim family, so He will not hold you to account for what you cannot do at this time.
Are you able to go to the Eid prayer? It would be nice if you could and I'm sure someone would love to help you attend if you have Muslims in your area.
We Muslims do not celebrate Halloween. It has its roots in purely pagan celebrations and Allah does not allow us to follow these pagan practices, especially since they have been given legitimacy by the Christian Church. Just make yourself unavailabe on that night - get busy with homework, feign a tummy ache, don't answer the phone - and then it will be over and you're good to go until next year!
I know it's hard to be Muslim when you're young and your family is not Muslim. I am making du'a for you that Allah keeps you strong. You will have to be patient, but never give up. You are blessed to have been guided to Islam.
Fi Aman Allah,
Nancy Umm Abdel Hamid
What are two customs that are followed during eid al adha?
This celebration takes place on the tenth of the 12th Muslim month (Dhul Hijja) and marks the end of the pilgrimage or Hajj. It is the "Feast of Sacrifice" which is also known as Baqri-Eid (the "Cow Festival") because its most important feature is the sacrifice of an animal (cow, goat, sheep, or other appropriate beast) in commemoration of the ram sacrificed by Abraham in place of his son. The sacrificial animal should be healthy and free of defects and be more than one year old. This requirement can also be accomplished by donating the equivalent cost of the sacrificial animal to a reputable charity e.g., Islamic Relief, Human Appeal International or Muslim Aid which arranges for its distribution throughout the Muslim world where there is greatest need. The command to perform sacrifices is given in Surah 22.36 and although no specific day is fixed in the Qur'an the sacrificing of animals was already practiced on the last day of the pilgrimage by the pre-Islamic Arabs and this practice has been duly retained. On this day Muslims throughout the world symbolize their willingness to sacrifice their life and property in the name of God and for the cause of Islam. Celebrations begin with special congregational Prayers (salah) followed by a sermon called a khutbah. The Prayers are held between sunrise and noon, usually early in the morning. Community prayers are held, new clothes are worn, and presents are offered. Families visit the deceased at the cemeteries and offer meat and food to the poor and needy. It is a family occasion and great emphasis is placed on all members of the extended family to support the festivities with their presence. Fasting on Eid-ul-Adha is forbidden as it defeats the whole purpose of the festival, because food is to be eaten on this day with a cheerful heart in remembrance of God's bounty and provision for mankind.Eid Al-Adha, during the Hajj season, lasts for three days.
Eid Al-Adha (also known as the Greater Bairam) during the Hajj season. These celebrations begin with special congregational Prayers (salah) followed by a sermon called a khutbah. The Prayers are held between sunrise and noon, usually early in the morning.
It is a highly recommended sunnah to attend these Prayers. It is also sunnah to hold them outside of the mosque, such as in a park, if possible. It is sunnah to make ghusl (cleansing of the body) before attending,and to wear one’s best clean clothes, even new clothes if possible. Men (but not women) should also apply perfume before the Prayers.
Women who are unable to perform salah (ritual Prayer) should attend the `Eid Prayer and sit in the back behind those who are praying so that they can enjoy the festivities of the day.
THE SUNNAH ACTION ON THE DAY OF EID
1. One should wake up early.
3. It is Mustahab for those who are sacrificing an animal not to eat anything on the morning of Eid-ul-Adha till they sacrifice the animal and partake of the meat of the sacrificed animal.
4. One should make Ghusal, wear new clothes and use Itr before going for Eid Salaah.
5. One should give "Sadqa-e-Fitr" or charity before the Eid Salaah or a few days earlier.
6. One should show happiness and give charity in abundance.
7. One should try and be as early as possible in the Masjid or Eid Gah (open ground for performing Eid Salaah).
8. One should read the Takbeer softly while going to the Masjid or Eid Gah on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr.
9. The Takbeer should be read loudly on the day of Eid-ul-Adha.
10. One should partake of the Qurbaani meat on Eid-ul-Adha.
What are some Canadian events (i.e. holidays, festivals, etc.) that occur from September to December?
Hello, from Toronto!
While national holidays are generally celebrated nationwide, it's difficult to list events or festivals from across Canada as (I'm sure you're aware) Canada is the 2nd largest country in the world.
So, for those, I'll stick with Toronto, since that's where I'm from. (I just learned to speak Japanese, last year. I can read and write fairly well in katakana and hiragana, but I'm only starting to learn kanji.) :-) (As a Canadian, I speak English and French. But I also speak Spanish, Dutch, and Japanese, plus a little Swahili, Italian, German, Mandarin, and Korean, as well.)
Maybe your students would be interested to know that 52% of Toronto residents were born outside Canada, making Toronto one of the most culturally-diverse cities in the world. (Alas, only about 0.5% are of Japanese heritage. By comparison, about 12% of Torontonians are Chinese.) Also, Toronto is the 5th largest city in North America, behind Mexico City, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
There are more outdoor festivals in July and August, as those are typically the two warmest months, across the country. In July, there are various music festivals, especially Jazz festivals in Toronto. It is also Canada's birthday on July 1st. That is a national holiday. Many people go to their cottages, and there are fireworks displays across the country. There is the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), usually from July to Labour Day (the first Monday in September). (Labour Day is a national holiday in both Canada and the United States.) Basically, the CNE is like a big, outdoor carnival, with rides, games and exhibitions. At the end of July to early August, there is a 2-week festival in Toronto called Caribana. It culminates with a huge parade (typically a million or more parade-goers).
From April to October, it is common for those of us with cottages, to leave the city for a few days at a time, to enjoy the countryside.
September begins with the Labour Day long weekend.
The weather is usually quite nice in September, in Toronto. However, it can still be very hot, some years. When this happens, some refer to it as an "Indian summer."
Hallowe'en, on October 31st, is not a holiday, but rather a kind of shared event. Most children get dressed in costumes and go door-to-door "trick or treating" for candy. Hallowe'en often falls on a school night, so the kids can't stay out too late, or eat a lot of their candy, right away.
Thanksgiving is a holiday in October in Canada (but doesn't take place in the United States until November). Many families have a large, traditional meal of turkey (or ham). The holiday originated as a way to express gratitude to the native peoples who helped early settlers survive in their new environment. Now, it is more about acknowledging the things for which we're thankful.
(For the record, I'm someone who doesn't celebrate any holidays. I also don't eat the traditional meals, as I'm vegan. But that's Canada! Lots of different viewpoints, living together.)
There are various "fall festivals" or "fall fairs" throughout Canada, in September and October. This usually consists of an outdoor carnival, livestock competitions, a horse show, and/or produce judging (i.e. best squash or biggest pumpkin).
In November, there is the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. For many Toronto kids, it's one of the few times they get to experience farm animals, or learn about agricultural products, firsthand. The pinnacle of the event is the horse show, where every style of equestrian sports is exhibited, although the focus is on show jumping. When I was younger, I showed at 'The Royal' several times. As a spectator, I liked to go for the 8-horse hitch class (a rare sight, nowadays). On opening night of the horse show, many guests are dressed in evening gowns or tuxedos, and arrive in limousines. It's kind of amusing to see such well-dressed people so near the cattle, pig, and chicken booths.
By November, it's starting to get cold in Toronto. Snow probably hasn't fallen yet, but it's coming.
Remembrance Day is November 11th, each year. It is not a holiday in Ontario, but people do usually attend ceremonies taking place around 11am, that day.
In December, most cities and towns surrounding Toronto have already experienced some snowfall. There are usually Santa Claus parades, gearing-up for Christmas. Toronto has probably the biggest Santa Claus parade, which is also televised.
Although there usually isn't snow on the ground in Toronto, in Decenber, it is often cold enough to maintain an ice skating rink at Nathan Phillips Square, located at Toronto City Hall. There is also the festival of lights, where outdoor lighting displays are adorned to trees and buildings. It is quite common, in Canada, for people to put up so-called "Christmas lights" on their homes, and in their yards. Some displays are quite elaborate and beautiful.