Somalilandsun: Somalilanders of all walks of life are celebrating Eid al-Adha one the most important days in the Islamic calendar .
Occurring on Friday which is usually a holiday in the country celebrations will continue until Sunday according to the ministry of religious affairs and the Somaliland Civil Service Commission.
For the immediate past president of Somaliland Ahmed Mahmud Silanyo it was a reminiscences of the trappings of office as he hosted a delegation from the opposition Wadani Party at his residence in Hargeisa.
The Wadani team visiting to celebrate this holiest Islamic holiday was composed of its leader Abdirahman Mohamed Abdilahi ‘Irro’ acting party chairman MP Abdiqadir Jirde and senior party functionary and member of the Somaliland House of representatives Ahmed Nacnac.
“We visited the former president for purposes of extending wishes of prosperity and health as well as celebrate this holy Islamic day “ Irro the Wadani party leader told us upon query whether politics were the issue.
Former president Silanyo just like his predecessor President Rayale Kahin has kept out of the public limelight since current head of state Muse Bihi Abdi ascended to office late 2017.
It is therefore a rare occasion to see Ex-president Silanyo entertaining politicians thence the import of the day cannot be viewed lightly.
In tandem with the new norms occasioned by the novel coronavirus pandemic all participants wore face masks entire duration of the meeting.
A day earlier president Bihi in his own behalf and that of his administration extended a message of happy tidings on the occasion to his Constituents both at home and abroad as well as the larger Muslim Ummah at large.
Despite both former Somaliland Presidents, Silanyo and Rayale, keeping out of the limelight it was good seeing one of them thence Kudos to the Wadani Party officials.
Eid al-Adha : ‘Feast 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 Ismael as an act of obedience to God’s command. But, before Ibrahim could sacrifice his son, God provided a lamb to sacrifice instead. In commemoration of this intervention, an animal, usually a sheep, is sacrificed ritually. One third of its meat is consumed by the family offering the sacrifice, while the rest is distributed to the poor and needy. Sweets and gifts are given, and extended family are typically visited and welcomed