Mombasa, KENYA: Muslim faithfuls in Mombasa joined the rest of the world in marking Eid Al Adha prayers early Monday morning.
Tanzanian star Ali Kiba who has been around since Saturday where he performed during the ODM 1Oth anniversary celebrations, also joined some of the faithfuls for prayers at the Masjid Ummu Kulthum in Kizingo.
Eid Al Adha is the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah, one of the holiest months in the Islamic calendar and according to many Muslim cultures, Eid ul Adha is referred to as the big Eid, while Eid ul Fitr is referred to as little Eid.
Eid ul Adha’s origin is reported to have began with the story of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) or Abraham.
The Prophet of Islam, Muhammad, is quoted to have said, “It is a tradition that has come down to us from Abraham.” It dates from the historic event when Prophet Abraham was commanded by God, in a form of a dream vision, to sacrifice his son, Ishmail.
To commemorate the sacrifice, Muslims across the world sacrifice cows, lambs, goats, rams or other animals on Eid al-Adha and give the meat to the poor.
According to the Islamic Research Foundation International, one third of the meat is eaten by immediate family and friends, one third is given to friends and one third is donated to the needy.