Eid al-Adha 1431H

Tuesday, November 16th 2010

First of all, Happy Eid for everyone. All the praise to الله Who gives us health and wealth, faith and spirit, so that we can breathe the freshness air of Eid al-Adha this year. Not much I would tell since it is the fourth Eid al-Adha that I celebrated in Taipei. Everything is almost the same as the three years before. Without surrounded by voice of Takbiran, without ketupat and opor in the morning as a breakfast, without barbecuing satay in the afternoon, without all kinds of mutton menu (gulai, tongseng, or tengkleng) for lunch and diner -today, I ate seafood burger and french fries for brunch; rames rice with fried chicken for diner-, worst of all, without family. Well, I guess I just get used to it. And as the year before, I wish it is gonna be my last Eid al-Adha in Taipei. The pictures below will show you the situation of Eid al-Adha at Taipei Grand Mosque.

Yesterday, a friend of mine sent an email to the mailing list that I follow. There are two links of videos that he took at Eid al-Adha two years ago. One of them contains my first experience in slaughtering the goat to be sacrificed. I was a little bit nervous at that time. Hesitated whether I could do this job in the right way, or not. Before the execution, I was given some advises by the expert fellow and ustadz Issa Chao about how to slaughter. I put the knife on the goat’s throat. Then by saying “Bismillahi Allahu Akbar” I started to move the knife forward with a deep pushing. I pulled it slowly and deep. And pushed it again forward for the second time by reducing the push. Pulled it again for the second time, not as strong as before. At last, I moved it again forward as the finishing touch and make it sure that the head was not cut off. Hopefully, I did it right at that time. إن شاء الله.