World Bulletin / News Desk
Most of the requests for the meat of animals to be sacrificed at next week's Feast of Sacrifice in the Islamic world came to humanitarian aid organizations for Arakan.
Chairman of the Executive Board of the Dost Eli Association, based in Konya province, Mehmet Secer said that they began accepting donations as part of the Feast of Sacrifice.
"90 percent of those making donations want their donation to be sent to Arakan state in Myanmar. Last year, most people wanted their donations to be sent to Somalia and in the year before that most people wanted their donations to go to Pakistan. There is high interest in Arakan where Muslims there face poverty and massacres. We expect to receive 2,000 donations overseas. One thousand of them would be sent to Arakan," Secer stressed.
On the other hand, Director of the Konya branch of Kimse Yok Mu Association, Hasan Kiratli said that they would assist animal sacrificing in 70 countries.
Deputy Chairman of the Humanitarian Aid Foundation (IHH), Durmus Aydin said that they had been organizing animal sacrifices for the past 20 years.
"We will sacrifice animals in 101 countries and regions across the globe," Aydin also said.
THE FEAST OF SACRIFICE
The Sacrifice Feast in Turkey is a four-day religious festival. The Sacrifice Feast traditions in Turkey include sacrificing an animal in a special ritual, visiting relatives and helping the poor.
The Sacrifice Feast is one of the oldest Islamic holidays in Turkey. It commemorates the story about Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) who showed obedience to God by agreeing to sacrifice his son. God then sent him a ram to be sacrificed instead. The Sacrifice Feast comes about 70 days after the Ramadan Feast. According to old belief it is unlucky to get married or start a new business in the period between these two holidays.
Traditionally, on the first day of the Sacrifice Feast in Turkey, men of each family go to a mosque for a special morning prayer. Then the sacrifice ritual begins. In some regions in Turkey, people paint the sacrificial animal with henna and adorn it with ribbons. The butcher reads a prayer before slaughtering the animal. Families share about two-thirds of the animal’s meat with relatives and neighbors, and they traditionally give about one-third to the poor.
In recent years, some Turkish people started making donations to charity organizations instead of sacrificing animals. Many people in Turkey take special care to help the poor during the Sacrifice Feast.
People usually wear their best clothes during the Sacrifice Feast. They welcome guests to their homes or visit relatives or friends during the holiday. Many people in Turkey reserve the first day of the feast for visiting their closest relatives. Young people greet their older relatives and neighbors by kissing their hand as a sign of respect. Some people in Turkey may use the four-day holiday to go on a vacation.
According to a press statement by Dr. Sevim Erkmen to the Turkish Agency Cyprus (TAK), Shaykh Nazim is receiving the necessary treatment but still remains in a serious condition.
A group of young British Muslim men have come out with their story about how the MI5 threatened to place them on the terror list and hurt their families if they did not spy on their fellow Muslims.
The surveillance program deployed undercover detectives in Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and watch day-to-day activities. Police also infiltrated mosques and student groups.
Alexandroupoli's main church condemned the attack on a mosque that saw unidentified people placing a pig's head outside of it.
Athens mayor candidate Aris Stiliotopulos is reported to have said that issues such as these should be decided by the people, but in classic right-wing rhetoric added that Athens has 'no more room for asylum seekers'.
The plan is part of a wider project by the TDV in building mosques for Muslims who live in the Caribbean.
Thousands of Muslims have been detained in Kenya in recent weeks.
The Syrian Islamic Council, a body made up of prominent Islamic scholars and representatives of Turkmen, Kurdish and Arab groups, said it will focus on dealing with religious matters between opposition groups and work with humanitarian aid foundations.
Imam Magomed Zakaryayev was killed when two masked assailants opened fire on him in the Kizil-Yurt district.
It will be the first time since the Friday sermon is read in Turkish in Erbil since the end of the Ottoman Empire.
Muslim leaders asked the Kenyan government to suspend the security operation on grounds that human rights were being violated.
The military-backed authorities have been trying to bring mosques under tighter control since the army toppled Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood last July
The exhibition displays a number of items that belonged to the Prophet as well as a letter he had written for the Egyptian governor.
An increase in racist parties' seats in the EP will threaten the EU's future, Turkey's EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
The Islamic center and prayer space opened in 2011 near the site of the World Trade Center attacks.
Police donations to UK mosque raises suspicion about intentions.