Islamic community in Bohol celebrates Eid al-Adha with friends and feasts

By J. Jala | 07:46 PM June 28, 2023

People from Bohol Islamic community headed to the Bohol Cultural Center  to celebrate Eid al-Adha on Wednesday, June 28.

The occasion was graced by the esteemed Khateeb, Ustad Samsuddin Sarip.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. has declared June 28, 2023, a regular holiday in the country for the Eid’l Adha observance.

Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, marks one of the Islamic community’s largest celebrations. The other is Eid al-Fitr, which was celebrated on April 21, marking the end of Ramadan.

Eid al-Adha commemorates the Quranic tale of Prophet Abrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God.

The belief holds that God stayed his hand, sparing the boy and placing a ram in his place.

The day is marked with the sacrifice of an animal, usually a goat, sheep or cow, and the distribution of the meat among neighbours, family members and the poor.

The 2018 data from the National Commission for Muslim Filipinos said there are about 4, 000 Muslims residing in Bohol and nearly 500,000 in Central Visayas.

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