Religions and Spirituality

Eid al-Adha

31a48e698fc5c01059d6_best_7195c918350081db85e5_DSC_0586.jpg
31a48e698fc5c01059d6_best_7195c918350081db85e5_DSC_0586.jpg

Eid al-Adha is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims worldwide as a commemoration of Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, as commanded by Allah. It is reported in Quran: “When his son was old enough to work with him, he said, "My son, I have had a dream that I must sacrifice you. What do you think of this?" He replied, "Father, fulfill whatever you are commanded to do and you will find me patient, by the will of God". When they both agreed and Abraham had lain down his son on the side of his face (for slaughtering), We called to him, "Abraham, you have fulfilled what you were commanded to do in your dream.” (Chapter 37 verses 102-105)

It is one of two Eid festivals celebrated by Muslims, whose basis comes from the Quran. Like Eid al-Fitr—which marks the end of Ramaḍān—Eid al-Adha is celebrated in the 12th Islamic month coinciding with the pilgrimage to Makkah, known as Hajj. It begins with a short prayer followed by a sermon. It is also called the "bigger" Eid because it is considered more important than Eid el-Fitr.

Men, women, and children are expected to dress in their finest clothing to perform Eid prayer in any mosque. Muslims who can afford to do so, sacrifice their best domestic animals (usually sheep, but also camels, cows, and goats) as a symbol of Abraham’s sacrifice. The sacrificed animals, called “udhiya” also known as "qurbani", have to meet certain age and quality standards or else the animal is considered an unacceptable sacrifice. God’s name is recited along with the offering statement and a supplication. According to the Quran a large portion of the meat has to be given towards the poor and hungry people so they can all join in the feast. The remainder is cooked for the family celebration meal in which relatives, neighbors and friends are invited to share. The regular charitable practices of the Muslim community are demonstrated during Eid ul-Adha by the concerted effort to see that no impoverished person is left without sacrificial food during these days. Eid ul-Adha is a concrete affirmation of what the Muslim community ethic means in practice. People in these days are expected to visit their relatives, starting with their parents, then their families and friends.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Piscataway

Four Middlesex Relatives Charged in Connection With Elizabeth Shooting

January 21, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - Two New Brunswick men are among a group of four relatives charged in connection with an Elizabeth homicide, authorities announced.

Tyquan Fuqua, 26, and Almalik Fuqua, 27, both of New Brunswick, are being charged in connection with the fatal shooting of 30-year-old East Brunswick resident Tyrone Osoriom, according to a Jan. 19 statement from acting Union County Prosecutor Ann ...

Obituaries

Christina C. Sweet (Diaz) 79 years, died Monday January 1, 2017 at Robert Wood Johnson University ...
Read more
- Nov 15, 2017
Phillip A. Petracca, also widely known as Filippo Neri in the Italian-American Radio and ...
Read more
January 22, 2018

BORDENTOWN, NJ  - New and gently worn shoes that New Jersey residents no longer want can help create sustainable jobs many in developing nations need. That’s the message being delivered by Soles4Souls—a Nashville based non-profit social enterprise that has opened a new donation facility in Bordentown.

Used and new shoes can now be dropped off by appointment ...

Piscataway High School Planetarium Opens to the Public

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The newly renovated Planetarium at Piscataway High School offers big benefits to the Piscataway community. Now, in addition to serving as classroom space for PHS astronomy students, the PHS Planetarium offers Saturday Astronomy Education for younger students. These fun-filled and entertaining shows are packed with accurate information that complement ...

Friends of the Library President Maggie Serpico Releases Statement on Proposed Budget Cuts

UPDATE from Piscataway Library: We are pleased to announce that the Township has agreed to not cut the Library funding. The Library and Board of Trustees appreciate their support and their valuation of the services the Library provides the residents.

Contact:
Maggie Serpico
President
Friends of Piscataway Public Library

The Friends of the Piscataway Library were alarmed to learn ...

Lower Tuition Under Murphy? Not So Fast, Rutgers Pres. Says

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy, following his inauguration last week, ​ticked off a list of lofty goals and​ progressive​ proposals for the state. 

Yet allies and opponents have shown skepticism, or at least questioned, his vision for New Jersey

Rutgers President Robert Barchi made himself no exception, during ​a start-of-the-semester kick-off address at the Rutgers ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, January 24, 8:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

The Illusionists

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, January 27, 8:00 AM

Rutgers Douglas Student Center, New Brunswick

2018 Winter Conference

Education Green Health & Wellness Other

Sat, January 27, 1:00 PM

Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Washington Crossing, Titusville

Election Reform & Voting Rights

Education Giving Back Government Law & Justice Other

Sun, January 28, 8:00 AM

Rutgers Douglas Student Center, New Brunswick

2018 Winter Conference

Education Green Health & Wellness Other

Mon, January 29, 8:00 AM

Rutgers Douglas Student Center, New Brunswick

2018 Winter Conference

Education Green Health & Wellness Other

Plainfield Man Indicted for Child Pornography Distribution

January 22, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ - A 22-year old Plainfield man has been charged with distributing child pornography, acting Union County Prosecutor Ann M. Luvera announced on Monday.

A Union County grand jury returned a three-count indictment against Fernando Cossagvic, who is additionally charged with possession of child pornography and possession of false government documents.

In January 2017, ...

Mark Zuckerberg Should Be Concerned About His Legacy; Punishing Legitimate Media Organizations and Small Businesses Isn’t the Answer; Regulation Is

Facebook recently announced it will be changing its feed and algorithms so that news from publishers and posts from businesses will be relegated in favor of posts about your neighbor’s cat. 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is making these changes because he is concerned about his legacy and that of the company he founded. If ...

2018 Income Tax Filing Season – New Veterans Exemption, Pension Exclusion, and more

January 21, 2018

Due to the recent tax reform legislation that was passed, it is no surprise that the 2018 Tax Filing season will not begin until January 29, 2018.  According to the IRS, the opening date was set at January 29th, to ensure the readiness of the forms and to evaluate the potential implications of the new tax legislation on 2017 Tax Returns. 

Filing season will begin on January 29th and ...

Follow the Money

In 2013 a man in the UK cleaned out his junk drawer and absently tossed an old hard drive dismantled from a Dell Computer into the trash.  The hard drive, rusting in landfill somewhere in Wales, contains 7500 bitcoins. 

  

At the time, his staggering loss was about $4 million.  But if he had wisely invested his failing hard drive in a bank safe deposit box his ...

Man-flu may be for real!

Man-flu may be for real!
Joanna Hayden, PhD, CHES
A study published in the British Medical Journal on December 27, 2017 reporting the results of an investigation into the existence of “man-flu” suggests that flu in men may really be more severe and cause worse symptoms than flu in women.

Abstract of original journal article: ...