I know I know, it’s pretty late… but I couldn’t go to bed without writing even a brief message.
It’s that time of year where once again, it’s Eid! and I have spent a wonderful evening with my family (minus a very special member) indulging in an amazing home cooked feast and enjoying their great company.
For those of you that celebrated today, I hope it’s been just as special.
This is our second Eid of the year, Eid al Adha and it’s sad to think how long we have to wait until the next. This Eid also marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, the largest gathering of Muslims, over two million people this year.
Part of the pilgrimage involves gathering in an area around Mount Arafat to re-enact the actions of our Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) from more than 1400 years ago. It was here that he delivered his final sermon.
A number of middle Eastern news agencies reported interviews with pilgrims who were there yesterday and they spoke of how climbing the hill made them reflect on the Prophets words in that final lecture. A speech that spoke against oppression, asked that we all unite as one and treat each other with respect. They spoke about how his message was one of peace, a message that most of our 1.6 billion Muslim population strive to live by.
It’s just a shame that a small minority have tainted us all with such a deadly reputation. A reputation that has unfortunately been encouraged and hyped up by Western media and in some countries has made things very difficult for the large population of peaceful Muslims who live there (yes France I’m talking about you, but don’t worry you’re not the only ones).
Don’t panic, I’m not going to go off on a political rant, after all today was a day to celebrate!
To celebrate all that we have been given. To be grateful for all that we have. And most importantly, to pray for those who are less fortunate.
One of my favourite things to do before I go to bed on any Eid, is to find pictures of how people all over the world celebrated this blessed day.
I saved one of the links to share: Eid Al-Adha 2016 in Pictures
Maybe I’ll set myself a target to make more friends across the globe this year, so next Eid I can share my own gallery 🙂
Eid Mubarak once again and good night! x