Last Sunday, I was thinking to spend my Eid day here at Iligan City, but somehow after I gave some thought last Monday, suddenly I felt that I’d be lonely if I spend this special day only by myself. That Monday afternoon, I went home while the rain was pouring non-stop. The cars were buzzing and the road was so wet, like it does going to rain forever and everybody seems to be stuck in one place due to this rain. Back then inside the car while we were going back to Marawi City, I couldn’t help but to fell asleep. No food the whole day because I did fast (which is the 9th day of Dhul Hijja), and No sleep at all. My body was heavy. After 45 minutes of travelling, I am thankful that I did come back home safe and sound. I directly went to my room, put on my PAJAMAS, and directly fell asleep.
The next morning, I am very thankful that my mom woke me earlier this 4:30 in the morning. It was quite a bit noisy because every minute you’re going to hear those guns from every side, like a bazooka when it’s New Year. This became a habit in our home town when edil fitr and edil adha’s celebrations were on sight. The people were warned about this because of fear that someone might hurt by doing so, but I guess they don’t mind these warnings since until now they are doing it. It’s their merry making I guess, which is not an Islamic practice but a tradition in one society.
To give you an overview about this edil adha, the following text is given to the viewer for their readings:
Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى ʿīd al-aḍḥā, “festival of the sacrifice”), also called Feast of the Sacrifice, the Major Festival, the Greater Eid, Kurban Bayram (Turkish: Kurban Bayramı; Serbo-Croat-Bosnian: kurban-bajram), or Eid e Qurban (Persian: عید قربان), is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to honour the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his young first-born son Ismail (Ishmael)a as an act of submission to Allah’s command and his son’s acceptance to being sacrificed, before Allah intervened to provide Abraham with a Lamb to sacrifice instead. In the lunar Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah and lasts for four days. In the international Gregorian calendar, the dates vary from year to year, drifting approximately 11 days earlier each year.
Eid al-Adha is the latter of the two Eid holidays, the former being Eid al-Fitr. The basis for the Eid al-Adha comes from the 196th verse of the 2nd sura of the Quran. The word “Eid” appears once in the 5th sura of the Quran, with the meaning “solemn festival”.
Like Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha begins with a Sunnah prayer of two rakats followed by a sermon (khuṭbah). Eid al-Adha celebrations start after the descent of the Hajj from Mount Arafat, a hill east of Mecca. Ritual observance of the holiday lasts until sunset of the 12th day of Dhu al-Hijjah. Eid sacrifice may take place until sunset on the 13th day of Dhu al-Hijjah. The days of Eid have been singled out in the Hadith as “days of remembrance”. The days of Tashriq are from the Fajr prayer of the 9th of Dhul Hijjah up to the Asr prayer of the 13th of Dhul Hijjah (5 days and 4 nights). This equals 23 prayers: 5 on the 9th-12th, which equal 20, and 3 on the 13th.
So I took some pictures from this event because usually as a viewer, we always like to see captured moments: