Idil-ul Adh’ha (Idd-ul-Hajj)

Written by
Dr Ayub Macharia

These celebrations do not have a fixed date. Hajj or the pilgrimage to Mecca is the 5th pillar of the Islamic faith. It recommends a visit to Mecca at least once in a lifetime for those who can afford it. Many Muslims from all over the world participate in the pilgrimage. During the pilgrimage, Muslims are required to suppress their negative passions, refrain from violence, be pure in words and to avoid all that is evil. Muslims usually slaughter a lamb during the celebration of idd –ul –Hajj which means “the day of sacrifice”. This symbolic act is translated into social action, for instance by generous donations of money for the promotion of education, health, culture, social and environmental conservation issues.

Our elders were able to establish and pass on to us a clean Mecca. They set for us a good example of establishing,  taking care not to annoy anyone or be destructive especially during this season . The environment belongs to Allah and we do not want to anger Him by degrading it. Just the way we take care of ourselves, let us also extend good care for our environment.

Suggested activities

  • Take some time thank Allah for the beautiful environment He has given us
  • Look for verses in the Quran that address how we should interact   with the environment.
  • Visit the national park, museum and other natural areas and see more of Allah’s creation.
  • Compose poem, songs and drama about your favourite environment.
  • Prepare food using natural materials from the environment and methods that were used by our great grandparents .
  • Donate money and gifts to the poor
  • Write an essay or summary notes on how you celebrated the day and publicize your success on this blog.

For further information , contact

Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM); Local Muslim Leaders

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