Imphal: Manipur Muslims on Sunday celebrated Id-ul-Zuha, the festival of sacrifice, with traditional fervour and gaiety across the state.
The festival marks the end of Hajj, a pilgrimage to the holy site Mecca, Saudi Arabia and commemorates the faith of Prophet Ibrahim and his devotion to Allah. Followers of Islam believe that Ibrahim willingly sacrificed his son Ismail as an act of obedience to God.
Pleased with the gesture of supreme sacrifice, God asked him to sacrifice a sheep instead. As such, the festival signifies the spirit of sacrifice rising above the narrow borders of one’s ego and self-interest for the good of all.
“I convey my warm greetings and best wishes to the people of Manipur especially our Muslim brethren on the auspicious occasion of Id-ul-Zuha.” “As we celebrate the festival with the joy of sharing and charity, let us resolve to strengthen brotherhood and harmony among different communities and bring peace and prosperity to our state,” chief minister N. Biren Singh said in his greetings.