First Coast.TV got a chance to see the St Augustine Muslim community celebrate Eid al-Adha (“Festival of the Sacrifice”), and speak to Imam Anas Benjelloun about this holy Muslim day.
Eid al-Adha (“Festival of the Sacrifice”) the “Sacrifice Feast”, is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two. It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, as an act of submission to God’s command, before God then intervened sending his angel Jibra’il (Gabriel) to inform him that his sacrifice had already been accepted. The meat from the sacrificed animal is divided into three parts. The family retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy.