‘ĪD/EID AL-FIṬR GREETINGS FROM THE HONORABLE ELIJAH MUHAMMAD COMMEMORATIVE CENTER
There is an ‘Īd for every nation and this is our ‘Īd. (Ḥadīth)*
On the occasion of ‘Īd/Eid al-Fiṭr, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad Commemorative Center (HEMCC) conveys best wishes for an ‘Īd/Eid al-Fiṭr mubārak to the Muslim community in the United States and abroad. May your ‘Īd be a blessed and joyous one! And to our brothers and sisters returning from the pilgrimage to Makkah/Mecca, Ḥajj Mabrūr! May Allāh (exalted is He) accept your ḥājj and grant you forgiveness and your wishes!
On the occasion of ‘Īd/Eid Al-Aḍḥā, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad Commemorative Center (HEMCC) conveys best wishes for an ‘Īd Al-Aḍḥā Mubārak to the Muslim community in the United States and abroad. May your ‘Īd be a blessed and joyous one! And to our brothers and sisters returning from the pilgrimage to Makkah/Mecca, Ḥajj Mabrūr! May Allāh (exalted is He) accept your ḥājj and grant you forgiveness and your wishes! Read more…
‘Īd Al-Aḍḥā, which means festival of the sacrifice, begins at the end of the ḥajj on the tenth day of Dhul-Ḥujjah, the twelfth and last month of the Islamic calendar. The chapter of Aṣ-Ṣāffāt (“The Ones Placed in Ranks” :102-107) of the Holy Qur’ān—the sacred scripture of Muslims—relates the story of the Prophet Ibrāhīm/Abraham (may peace be upon him) being tested by Allāh and his willingness to submit to Allāh’s command to sacrifice his son, Ismā‘īl/Ishmael. Ismā‘īl’s life was saved by Allāh when He rewarded the Prophet for his intended obedience (to Allāh’s command) by bestowing upon him a ram to sacrifice in his son’s stead.
This ‘Īd commemorates the submission of the Prophet Ibrāhīm to the will of Allāh. The slaughtering of sheep for distribution to the poor and the consumption of lamb are features of ‘Īd celebrations throughout the Muslim world. According to tradition, the Prophet Ibrāhīm and Ismā‘īl rebuilt the Ka‘bah, the holy house of Allāh, in Makkah. Among the rituals pilgrims perform during ḥajj is the circling of the Ka‘bah seven times.
‘Īd Al-Aḍḥā is the Arabic term that was used during the time of the Prophet Muḥammad ibn ‘Abdullāh (may peace and blessings be upon him) to refer to this holiday. Other names for the holiday exist in numerous languages spoken by over 1.5 billion Muslims residing in over 200 countries.
The Center also extends greetings of peace to the friends of the Muhammad family, who have supported the family's work for over 80 years. For more than 40 years, the Hon. Elijah Muhammad was the leader of the Nation of Islam, the world-renowned and largest Muslim-member organization in the United States. He was also the founder of the first Muslim school system in the United States, father of the late Imam W. Deen Mohammed, mentor of Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz), Minister Louis Farrakhan and Muhammad Ali and an inspiration to thousands of followers and sympathizers worldwide.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad Commemorative Center (HEMCC) is a family project initiated in 2006 by descendants of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad. HEMCC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is incorporated in the state of Illinois. The mission of HEMCC is to promote universal awareness of the historic contribution and legacy of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad, a famous twentieth-century social reformer in the United States.
Visit us at www.hemcc.org and www.facebook.com/pages/Honorable-Elijah-Muhammad-Commemorative-Center.
*Based on The Holy Qur’an: Text, Translation and Commentary by Abdullah Yusuf Ali (Elmhurst, New York: Tahrike Tarsile Quran, Inc, 1988).
**A saying attributed to the Prophet Muḥammad (may peace and blessings be upon him), as narrated by ‘Ā’ishah (may Allāh be pleased with her), in Ṣaḥiḥ al-Bukhārī, volume 2, book 15 [The Two Festivals], number 72, 24 July 2014 <www.sahih-bukhari.com/Pages/Bukhari_2_15.php>. **“Mapping the Global Muslim Population: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Muslim Population,” October 2009, The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, Washington, DC, 24 July 2014, < http://www.pewforum.org/2009/10/07/mapping-the-global-muslim-population/>