Muslims in Rwanda kill up to 1,000 cows, 2,000 goats in sacrifice to celebrate Eid al-Adha

By The Inspirer staff

A total of 1,000 cows and 2,000 goats, worth Rwf200 million, were sacrificed by the Muslim community in Rwanda during the celebrations of Eid al-Adha also called the “Festival of Sacrifice, The New Times has reported.

Eid al-Adha is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year (the other being Eid al-Fitr), and considered the holier of the two, according to Wikipedia.

It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command. But, before Abraham could sacrifice his son, God provided a ram to sacrifice instead.

In commemoration of this, an animal is sacrificed and divided into three parts: one third of the share is given to the poor and needy; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is retained by the family.

The Celebrations started on August 20 and ended in the evening of Tuesday, August 21, 2018.

Addressing thousands of Muslims who convened at Kigali Stadium in Nyamirambo to celebrate Eid al-Adha, the Mufti of Rwanda, Sheikh Salim Hitimana explained that Eid al-Adha symbolises a remarkable act of Abraham’s inclination to sacrifice his only son, poining out that the day should inspire believers to lead lives characterised by love, humility, harmony with neighbours as well as supporting the needy.

“Slaughtering cows and goats reminds us the act of our ancestor Abraham whose son was saved from being sacrificed and instead God provided the sacrifice of a sheep. We should be characterised by love, humility, sharing, peace with neighbours and supporting vulnerable families,” the Mufti said.

He reminded the Muslim community of how such a holy feast is important to their lives, and of observing it productively.

As part of the activities of the day, Muslims shared meals with ten prisons and hospitals across the country.

Urging youth to shun drug abuse

The Mufti called on the Muslim community to dedicate their efforts to the fight against drug abuse, which he said was destructive and an obstacle to progress.

“Drug abuse is among the issues of concern in our country. It is an issue that needs everyone to be careful about it because if drugs are not avoided they are likely to destroy the strengths expected to build the country,” he said.

The Mufti noted that it’s everyone duty to avoid anything destructive to human bodies and ensure the security of the country.

He also reminded participants of their responsibilities in electing their representatives to the Chamber of Deputies.

“All of you know about the upcoming elections that the country is preparing for. On September 3, we will elect our representatives and I remind everyone eligible to be ready for it. We should be involved to ensure that the elections run effectively. Vote your representatives accordingly to prepare the future of the country,” he said.

On the same day, 92 Rwandan pilgrims who participated in the holy pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca completed a five-day tour of the city believed to be the birthplace of Prophet Mohammed, the founder of the Islamic faith.





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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,( is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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