July 19 marks the celebration of Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice which falls on the 10th day of Dhull Hijjah, the last month of the Muslim lunar calendar.
The Muslim community celebrates the Festival of Sacrifice with prayers, gatherings with loved ones, and the sharing of food. The sharing of meat, in particular, symbolizes Prophet Ibrahim’s loyalty and faith in Allah.
Sharing what you have and caring for those in need is a key aspect of Islam. An important tradition during Eid al-Adha is charity and helping people in need by donating food to those less fortunate.
We are all grateful that the vaccination rollout in Ontario has been successful enough to allow for safe gatherings with friends and family. After a long year of not being able to celebrate religious holidays in-person, the celebration of Eid al-Adha will certainly be that much more special this year.
To everyone in the Muslim community, we wish you a safe and blessed Eid Al-Adha!
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU/SEFPO President
Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-President/Treasurer