The Yam Al-Nahar, the day of Sacrifice, also known as Abraham/Ibrahim AHS Festival of Sacrifice,- the greatest day of the year.
God tested in multiple ways, with big tests, the founder of 3 unity faiths, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, prophet Ibrahim AHS..He was asked to sacrifice his dearest son, Ismail AHS and but at the end the animal was sacrificed. God tested his sincerity. Its now has become an yearly ritual in Islam coinciding with the yearly Hajj pilgrimage to Makakh.
In the Quran, in 108.2, the Most Merciful states, ” Therefore to your Lord turn in Prayer and Sacrifice.”. But to further clarify the purpose, He states in 22.37, ” It is not their meat or the blood that reaches God, it is your piety that reaches Him.” so our sincerity in action is important.
SNMC instituted about 20 years back to motivate and support the Ottawa muslims to make the ritual sacrifice of an animal on the day of sacrifice coinciding with the Hajj pilgrimage.here in Canada along with back home. We are here to stay in Ottawa and Canada, is our new home.We are required and able to practice all aspects of Islam in a peaceful way in Canada.
Also we are encouraged to eat one portion by us and give one portion to friends and families and one portion to the needy.In the first week of August 2020, we distributed the sacrificed meat of lamb, goat and cows in one or two Kg see-through ziplock bags to about 15 of our neighbours as we do every year.
We saw smiles in the faces of all families, men and women of all faiths..They will be inshaAllah, real ambassadors of muslims and Islam in Ottawa.
Those made an animal sacrifice here in Ottawa or Canada, please try to distribute to the neighbours. Those did not give a sacrifice here in Canada, please try next year in Canada and distribute to neighbours. Let us see first hand the joy and happiness and let us make our neighbours real ambassadors of Islam and Muslims in a an easy and affordable way by a simple action. Ameen.