Eid 2013 In Dubai

The essence of sacrifice and community camaraderie

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, October 16, 2013

DUBAI: The Pakistani community residing in the UAE,  particularly in Dubai and Sharjah, celebrated Eid Al Adha with religious and traditional fervour on Tuesday. The community members rushed to slaughterhouses to sacrifice animals to fulfil their religious obligation while others invited friends to their homes to share the blessings of Eid.
Samiullah Ahsan and his friends planned to sacrifice animals here in Sharjah along with other friends. “Earlier we used to send money back home, for sacrificing animals on our behalf as many others are doing but this year, with the consent of my friends and their friends, we decided to perform our religious obligation here in the emirate,” he told The Gulf Today. Image
Working as a technician in a satellite channel in Sharjah, Ahsan has a huge network of friends belonging to different walks of life. Ahsan, along with a group of friends of around 50 people, from Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Dubai and Umm Al Quwain congregated in the Sharjah industrial area where they kept three cows to sacrifice for Eid.
“Not all those who gathered early this morning had planned to sacrifice as many wished to appoint their family members back home to perform this religious obligation on their behalf and distribute the meat among the deserving people around them as well as use for themselves,” he said.
According to the teachings, seven people can share one big animal whether it is a cow, ox or camel for their sacrificial purpose but those who have enough money don’t have to.
Ahsan added that the meeting was a major event held after months as friends and acquaintances came from different places to join in the Eid celebrations, far from their family members.Image
“The major attraction of this gathering was that many had the experience of slaughtering animals as they would do back home and everyone took part in the ritual, from slaughtering the animals to making dishes to enjoy the Eid. We prepared many delicacies on the spot with freshly slaughtered animals like traditional Mutton Karhai, Tikka Boti, Maghaz Masala and enjoyed them with tandoori naans,” he said.
He said that it was a great party and many had decided to continue this tradition every year as Eid Al Adha was a perfect occasion to enjoy in the company of friends, especially those who are living here far from their loved ones.
However, Shahid Rehman, another Pakistani, said that Eid, whether it was Eid Al Fitr or Eid Al Adha, is a great occasion for a family union.
“It is nice to meet all those people and exchange Eid greetings and later on this day distribute the meat of sacrifical animals among family and friends but there is more gaiety when one is with the family. Today we celebrate Eid here in the UAE and it will be tomorrow (Wednesday) in Pakistan, to double the happiness. I am planning to join my family later in the evening. Everyone in my family are happy that I will be with them after a gap of a year,” he said.
He has been working in Dubai for many years and said that during the Eid holidays, they have many attractions in the emirate like facilities for indoor games and round-the-clock shopping opportunity in malls, parks and other adventures and people with their families seem to enjoy every bit of their holidays.
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~ by jamilkhan on October 16, 2013.

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