SHARIFF AHMAD YAMANI
The Haj (annual pilgrimage to Mecca) and Saum-ul-Ramadhan (Fasting during Ramadhan) are two important pillars of the Muslims’ Faith which are obligatory upon the believers.
‘Eid-el-Adh’ha is the celebration when Prophet Ibrahim (as) was supposed to slaughter his son Ishmael (as) in obedience to the command of his Lord but by the mercy of Allah, a sheep or a goat was placed instead of Ishmael thus he was saved from being slew by his father.
As gesture of thanks and by the command of the Almighty, Muslims are required to slaughter cows, goats or sheep during this occasion to celebrate in memory of the greatest sacrifice that Ibrahim (as) taught of mankind.
Islam requires also parents, if they can afford and have the means, to sacrifice at least two heads of goat or sheep for a new-born baby boy while a girl one.