By Ahmed Ali & Osman Shihaby
Dhul Hija is a holy month in Muslims’ calendar because Muslims from all over the world go to Saudi Arabia to do the pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina, where they visit they grave of prophet Mohamed and pray.
They started travelling to Saudi Arabia from the beginning of the holy month so it became very crowded with more then 3.5 million people.
Muslims all over the world celebrated Eid Al Adha on the first 10 days of Dhul Hija.
All Muslims celebrated this day to remember when Prophet Ibrahim was going to slaughter his son Ismail, then Allah sent down Angel Jibreal to swap Ibrahim with a sheep.
The day before Eid Aldha is Arafat, which is a very special day to all Muslims because Allah is in the 7th Heaven, so all Muslims should fast on this blessed day and make a lot of dua and ziker (prayers).
In Muslim countries people celebrate Eid Al Adha three days in a row. Everyone has to slaughter a sheep, cow or camel and distribute the meat to poor people. This is to remember what prophet Ibrahim did and that we should obey Allah and do everything he ordered us to do.
But most Muslims in Australia send money overseas to family and to people who don’t have enough money to buy a sheep to celebrate with their Muslim brothers and sisters in their countries. As well, they buy a sheep from a butcher to celebrate with family in Australia.
On the Eid day it will be very crowded in the mosques, there will not be enough room, so most of the prayer will be in a park, especially in Muslim countries.
But in Australia first of all it depends on the weather and also on the day of the week. If it is on the weekend, community centres can be used. For example, last year Eid was on the weekend and it was raining so Muslims living around Flemington, North Melbourne and Kensington prayed in a large community hall in North Melbourne.
For Eid Aldha this year Muslims in Flemington, North Melbourne, Ascot Vale and Carlton prayed in Debney Park. When the prayers finished everyone had to shake hands and hug each other, then everyone went home to have breakfast and lunch with family members. They also visited friends and relatives.
The next day was Saturday so most families took their children to Eid festivals arranged by Muslim community members. At the festival there were so many activities, for example jumping castles, dodgem cars, slides, henna and face painting, food and soft drink.
We congratulate Muslims everywhere and we say in Arabic, Kulu Am Wantum Biker Takabalulah Mina Waminkum In Shalla. And for those who are in the Haj we say to them, we hope they will arrive safely and we hope the New Year will be peaceful for all people around the world.