SeneGambians in Bristol celebrate Eid Al Adha
Hundreds of members of the SeneGambian community in and around Bristol, UK congregated at the Trinity Centre to perform Eid prayers, led by Imam Ousman Bah.
Imam Ousman Bah delivering Khutbah at the Eid prayers.in Bristol on Tuesday
Millions of Muslims around the world celebrate Eid Al Adha, one of the holiest holidays of the Islamic faith. The event is observed by Muslims worldwide which includes celebrating with prayer, meals with friends and family members.
Eid Al Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, is the second of the two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide annually alongside Eid Al Fitr celebrated to mark the end of Ramadan. In the Islamic religion, the holiday commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ebrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael to signify his obedience to God. However, before the sacrifice occur, God instead offered a ram to be sacrificed in Ishmael’s place. The event is now commemorated as Eid Al Adha.
Delivering his sermon, Imam Bah spoke about the oneness of Allah and how every Muslim should be obedient to Him and endeavour to worship Him as revealed in the Holy book of Quaran.
Imam Bah urged the congregation to prioritise attending the Eid prayers by making sure they take time off work to ensure they can perform the Eid prayers as it happens only twice a year.
The Imam concluded his sermons by advising the SeneGambian community members to be united and join community based associations. He cited a recent incident where a dear brother had passed away and some people had to do a door to door appeal to raise the requisite funds for the reparatration of the deceased back to The Gambia.
By joining these associations and making regular financial contributions, they will be empowered to assist in mobilising funds for the immediate repatriation of the body in the unfortunate event of a member being deceased.