Eid-el-Kabir turns carnival, unifies Nigerians on Lagos Island
The observance of Eid-el-Kabir on Wednesday turned into a carnival and a unification event for residents on Lagos Island.
The Muslim community’s yearly ritual of ram slaughtering was marked with much fanfare among Islanders amid music entertainment, cooking, eating, and the popping of champagne.
The event, which began with prayers in mosques with a large overflow of worshippers occupying adjoining streets of worship centres, dovetailed into colourful canopies, where musicians took turns to entertain the people.
NAN reports that the event, which cascaded into a unification event for Nigerians of all faiths and ethnic groups, attracted Muslim and non-Muslim singers from other parts of the country.
At Tinubu’s Square Prayer Ground, the Muslim faithful showed love and unity to others by offering them food and drinks to mark the day.
The scenario was the same at Nnamdi Azikiwe Street, where two Muslim families served food and other materials to residents.
At the Nadwat-NAdwat Global Assembly Worship Centre on Igbosere Road, members of the sect played down faith doctrines and served food and drinks to all those who gathered under their tents.
A spokesperson of the group, Alhaja Soliu Aishat, said that the event was to promote the virtue of sacrifice exemplified by the Prophet Ibrahim.
At Obalende and Falomo, there were celebrations on the streets, as well as the slaughtering of cattle, with music filling the air.
Mr. Emeka Ikokwu, a guest at one of the celebrations, said he came with his family to felicitate his colleague, Mr. Fola Lawal.
Speaking at the event, the Chief Missioner of the Jejewiyyat Muslim Association of Nigeria, Prof. Adewale Paramole, said that it was meant to provide Nigerians with an avenue for reconciliation in the aftermath of the last tumultuous general elections.
The cleric, who spoke to NAN against the backdrop of calls for national cohesion, said that Islam was a human-oriented religion.
He stressed the need for the government to alleviate people’s sufferings through the provision of palliatives in the aftermath of the withdrawal of petrol subsidy.
NAN reports that the Federal Government declared Wednesday and Thursday public holidays to enable the Muslim faithful to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir.
The annual event commemorates the faith and trusts Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) had in God when the latter asked him to use his only son, Isaac, for sacrifice.