Eid al-Adha, also called the “Sacrifice Feast”, is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two. Muslims commemorate this ultimate act of sacrifice every year during Eid al-Adha. While Abraham (Ibrahim) was prepared to make an ultimate sacrifice of his son Isaac (Ishak), God ultimately prevents the sacrifice, additionally signifying that one should never sacrifice a human life, especially not in the name of God.
In New York, the Guinean Community of Brooklyn comes together every Eid at the Saint John’s park to celebrate this festive and holy event. During the gathering there is a chorus of incantations such as: Labbayka Allahumma Labbayk. Labbayk La Sharika Laka Labbayk. Inna l-Ḥamda, Wa n-Niʻmata, Laka wal Mulk, La Sharika Lak.
After the Eid prayer in the park that happens between 9:00am and 10:00am, people return home to feast and visit each other in the homes. This is also an occasion to give presents to children.
Later in afternoon the community meets in a Public Park for a barbecue which gives people the opportunity to greet those they didn’t visit in their homes and to congratulate them for the Holiday.
It is also important to note that Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha as Hajj enters the final days. The Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca that takes place in the last month of the islamic calendar year, and that all Muslims are expected to make at least once during their lifetime.