A “Sallah Ram” was spotted on the roof of a building in Lagos, Nigeria, and it was a hilarious sight to behold.
“Sallah” or “Ileya” is a cultural event with deep morality. In Yoruba, the word ‘Ileya’ means “it’s time to go home”.
The name simply suggests that when it is time for Sallah, go home and celebrate.
Muslims from all over the world come together to celebrate Sallah. It is the second of two Muslim holidays observed globally each year.
According to the Quran, Allah commanded Ibrahim to sacrifice his son. When he was about to sacrifice Ishmael, a sudden voice from heaven stopped him. Ibrahim then sacrificed a lamb instead. This is why Muslims commemorate Ileya every year.
The festival is also known as Eid-el-Kabir and Eid-al-Adha. It translates to ‘Sacrifice Feast’ or ‘Feast of Sacrifice’ in English.
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All Muslims observe the festival. Non-Muslims can also celebrate Eid al-Adha in a variety of ways, including visiting their Muslim friends for celebrations and sharing food.
Rams are slaughtered all over the world during the festival. Celebrations usually last three to five days after the festival day, with visits to friends, families, and recreational sites, as well as greetings of ‘Eid Mubarak’ or ‘Barka de sallah’.
Celebrating the occasion reminds Muslims of the importance of obeying what Allah has demanded of them as believers; as well as an opportunity to be selfless to our friends, family, and those in need.
It demonstrates that in this world, no sacrifice goes unrewarded.
We all need to celebrate at different points in our lives. Celebrating reminds us how short life is and how important it is to treasure every moment before we leave.
Ileya festival is one of those occasions when we can rejoice and celebrate the beauty of life, God, and everyone around us.