Sunday, January 16, 2005

Eid Al-Adh'ha (Greater Bairam)

The second annual Muslim festival is Eid Al-Adh'ha (The 1st is Eid El-Fiter). The occasion for this one is (Al-Hajj) pilgrimage. Muslim pilgrims head for Mecca and to be present there on certain days. The most important ritual is to spend the night between the 9th-10th of the month called (thill'hijja) on (Arafat) a mountain nearby Mecca. This year it will be the night between Wednesday the 19th and Thursday 20th of January. A holiday for four days is taken each year in the Islamic countries (20-23 Jan 2005).

Hajj is one of the five basic elements of Islam. Though, it is not an obligation. It is said in Koran "…God bids people to go to Hajj. People who have the physical & financial abilities may go to Hajj. Others, who don't, they won't be blamed…"(not certified translation).

Another ritual is to slaughter a (sheep, cow) as an oblation. The meat is to be donated to poor people. With advanced technology of abattoirs, freezers and transportation, this enormous quantity of meat, nowadays, is freighted to poor people all over the world.

About twenty years ago, the Saudi authorities reached an agreement with the Islamic countries says that each country should not send more than 0.1% of its population annually to Hajj. Mecca & Medina become very crowded during Hajj, and to avoid accidents they reached this agreement. Nowadays, more than two million Muslim pilgrims may gather there annually.

Muslims greet each other on this occasion. In Iraq the most common greetings is (Ayamkum Sa’eida) which means (wishing you happy days). When a pilgrim returns from Hajj, he/she is greeted by (Hajj Mabroor) which means (may God accept your penitence). Now, if you'd like to greet a Muslim friend, who understands Arabic, on this occasion, you may copy, paste & send the following:

(Ayamkum Sa'eida. Kul Aam Wa Antum Bikhair)
It means: Wishing you happy
days and hope everything goes well for you.
Finally, Ayamkum Sa’eida all, wishing you & the whole world peace and prosperity.


Blogger Louise said...

Ayamkum Sa'eida. Kul Aam Wa Antum Bikhair to you Ibn Al Rafidain!

8:40 PM  
Blogger Brian H said...

Heh. "hope that you be in welfare" doesn't actually mean anything coherent in English. However, to be "on welfare" means that you are unemployed and living on minimal government handouts, or "the dole", or "the pogey", and suggests a life of grinding poverty.

I don't know Arabic, but perhaps a better translation would be "hope that you prosper", or "hope everything goes well for you."

11:17 PM  
Blogger WC said...

Or (as older generations might have said), Fare Thee Well!

Happy Trails (Ayamkum Sa’eida)

11:35 PM  
Blogger Papa Ray said...

Greetings Ibn,

I hope that you and yours are healthy and safe.

I have been caring for my Grand Daughter for the last few days as she was ill. She is ok now.

I stumbled across a "very extreme" web site about Islam,
I would be interested in what you had to say about it.

The truth is that Islam is not a religion of peace. It is a religion of hate, of terror and of war.

As I have not read but a few passages in a Quran (Koran) and (I understand there are different "versions" of it) and the language is so vague and/or different, it is difficult for me to follow in the first place. I can see how much of it is not understood or translated differently by different people. The (this?) Hadith, what and how is it used, is it like an interptation or opinion?

In Christanity, many people believe the Bible is the same as the word of God. But, more believe it is a book written by men and subject to all the mistakes that they would or could make and subject to their own beliefs and feelings at the time they wrote it.

Am I correct or is Islam really as these people say it is. Or perhaps it is somewhere in the middle?

This is my post

Papa Ray
West Texas

3:01 AM  
Blogger Papa Ray said...

Greetings (again) Ibn,

My hopes for your health and safety.

Here is three examples (I am sure there are more) of different translations of a verse in the Qur'an. It is very confusing to me. What would your translation be?

YUSUFALI: The Jews call 'Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah's curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth!

PICKTHAL: And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah. That is their saying with their mouths. They imitate the saying of those who disbelieved of old. Allah (Himself) fighteth against them. How perverse are they!

SHAKIR: And the Jews say: Uzair is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!

This is my post

Papa Ray
West Texas

4:14 AM  
Blogger Pat in NC said...

Ayamkum Sa'eida. Kul Aam Wa Antum Bikhair to you my friend.

4:58 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

Ayamkum Sa'eida. Kul Aam Wa Antum Bikhair.

Hope everything is well with you as you have not posted in almost a week. we realize the electricity situation is tough, but we're hoping that's all it is.

Good luck on the elections.

8:40 AM  
Blogger H.N.K said...

happy Eid for all iraqi people

4:09 PM  

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