Holy Month celebrated

2016-09-14 06:00
THE Muslim observed Holy Month by slaughtering four camels, five cows and 65 sheep and goat in an effort to feed the poorer community. Photos: Boipelo Mere

THE Muslim observed Holy Month by slaughtering four camels, five cows and 65 sheep and goat in an effort to feed the poorer community. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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IT is all about the act of obedience to the command of the Almighty God to the Prophet Ebrahim that led to the Muslims’ Holy Month celebration on Monday (12/09).

The day was celebrated through an act of feeding the community at the Al-Imdaad Foundation in Homevale where many people witnessed the ceremony.

Four camels, five cows and 65 sheep and goat were slaughtered on the day, after which the community was treated to a cooked meal and the meat that was left over, was packaged and sent to the poor.

According to Moulana Adeem Francke, they were celebrating the obedience of the Prophet Ebrahim to the command of the Almighty when He was told to sacrifice His son at the mountain.

He said that they have their own database of identified beneficiaries to whom they will send the meat packages.

Francke said that they are also working with members of the broader community to play different roles on the day.

The highlight of the day was the slaughtering of camels, which saw many curious onlookers and Muslims from different towns, flocked to Homevale.

The reason for choosing the camel, according to Francke, was that it was the only animal that does not cohabit with its mother, it is the ship of the desert, it always recognises its mother, no matter how long it had been removed from its mother and that its fat does not push up cholesterol.

He further highlighted that all other Islamic places of worship were observing the same ceremony, except that they do not have camels.

“It is the first time in the 47 years of Homevale Extension’s existence that they ever hosted the ceremony here.

“We all started the day at our different mosques, prayed, had our breakfast together, then we went to our different homes before coming here.”

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