The Ghana Rugby Football Union have extended their best of wishes to Ghanaian Muslims as they joined others across the globe to celebrate their Eid-al-Adha.

Muslims around the world are today, July 31, 2020, celebrating Eid al-Adha which is also called “Festival of the Sacrifice”. Eid al-Adha is one of two Eids, or days of celebration for Muslims worldwide, in a year.

It is observed worldwide by all Muslims. In Ghana, the celebrations usually begin with a special early morning prayer in mosques and open-air spaces and a grand prayer section at the Independence Square but that has been disrupted by COVID-19 and that means this rite will not be performed.

On behalf of the Ghana Rugby Football Union, President and Board Chairman, Mr. Herbert Mensah asked for Allah’s blessings to all muslims.

“May the blessings of Allah fill your life with joy, peace and prosperity”.

What is Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha also called the “Festival of the Sacrifice”, is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year (the other being Eid al-Fitr), and considered the holier of the two.

It honours the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command. But, before Abraham could sacrifice his son, God provided a lamb to sacrifice instead. In commemoration of this intervention, an animal is sacrificed and divided into three parts. One share is given to the poor and needy, another is kept for home, and the third is given to relatives.

In the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, and lasts for three days. In the international (Gregorian) calendar, the dates vary from year to year shifting approximately 11 days earlier each year.

About Ghana Rugby Football Union

Ghana Rugby is the official full member of both World Rugby (2017) and Rugby Africa in Ghana-West Africa and is responsible for the management and development of the Game Rugby Union in the country.

The Union is governed by a Constitution and administers five KPAs (Key Performance Areas) namely:

(1) Youth Development & Growth through the World Rugby “Get Into Rugby” Programme,

(2) Women in Ghana Rugby,

(3) Training & Education,

(4) Domestic Competitions and

(5) International Performance.

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