Thursday, December 7

Gambia Observes Eid-ul-Adha 2022

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Ram, the most preferred sacrificial animal for the Eid

Gambian are today observing the Muslim feast of Eid-ul-Adha 2022 (1443 AH).

The day is observed on the 10th day of the 12th month (Dhul-hijjah) of the Islamic calendar.

Locally referred to Tobaski or Banna Salo, Eid-ul-Adha is characterised by the the morning congregation led by an Imam who reminds worshippers of the history and importance of the occasion as well as their obligations on the day.

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A key act of the occasion is the slaughtering of a sacrificial animal (preferably a ram). A bull, cow, camel, goat and sheep are also offered for the sacrifice.

On this day, Muslims glorify Almighty Allah in submission to Him as well as renew the religious and social ties, among them.

The history of Tobaski or Banna Salo can be traced to Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) who initiated the occasion in fulfillment of a command of Allah (God) he received through an inspiration.

The sighting of the moon of Dhul-hijjah by Muslims determines the date of this occasion. 

While many Muslims observe the Eid today, others including Gambians are set to observe it on Sunday (tomorrow). Both decisions are said to be accurate, according to scholars. 

We would bring you updates on the celebration in the different parts of the Gambia.

The management and staff of Kerr Fatou wish a joyous celebration.