Saturday, December 30, 2006

Eid ul-Adha in Paris

Today is Eid ul-Adha (عيد الأضحى) or Eid-e Qurban in France. Eid ul-Adha is celebrated by Muslims worldwide as a commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismael for Allah (God). Others celebrate Eid ul-Adha as it marks the end of the Pilgrimage or Hajj for the millions of Muslims who make the trip to Makkah each year.

I went to the Paris Mosque for Eid prayers with Marwan (poor Yannicque was sick). It was drizzling and the mosque was packed with people. I had to pray outside on the terrace, braving the wet floor and cold winds. As I was praying with all the sisters, tears flowed down my cheek, competing with my already wet face. I felt a deep humbleness as I prostrated on the floor. How truly blessed we all are; to be given the opportunity to experience life. As I looked around me, I saw faces of many cultures, but all speak the same language to God.

Alhamdulillah (Praises to Allah) for all the blessings and obstacles that we go through in life. I keep reminding myself to always be thankful. And one of the things I'm thankful for was being able to celebrate Eid across 3 continents. Each celebration may be different but the theme remains the same. We are one big Ummah (family) who should learn to love and live peacefully with one another.

Eid Mubarak. I seek forgiveness for all my shortcomings. All perfection belongs to Allah (God). All imperfections are mine solely.

4 comments:

Melati said...

Hi Cik Idah! Eid Mubarak to you! Looks like you're having a great time! i always enjoy reading up on ur travel experiences...always have been intrigued by different cultures and lifestyles abroad! hopefully one day I'd be able to travel as much as well! :) Take care!

annisa allaina said...

hi there....

I will spend my holiday in Paris, when Ied al Adha... I was wondering to salat (prayer) there in the Grand Mosque. Do you still remember what time they usually start the pray? thank you very much for helping me :)... my email is annisa.allaina@yahoo.com.

Thank you thank you and thank you!

annisa allaina said...
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Hidayah Amin said...

Hi Annisa,
The first prayer time is at 7 am at the Grand Mosque in Paris. However pls visit this website to find out more:
http://www.mosquee-de-paris.org/

Have fun in Paris!