Called Eid el-Adha or Eid el-Kebir in Arabic, Kurban Bayramı is the most important Islamic religious festival of the year. Kurban Bayramı, which starts on 10 Zilhicce (Dhul-hijja)in the Islamic lunar Hijri calendar (4th October this year), is also the time of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca (Haj). The festival celebrates the Biblical and Kur'anic account of Abraham's near-sacrifice of his son on Mount Moriah, proving Abraham's complete obedience to God. In the story, God stays Abraham's hand at the last moment and provides a ram for sacrifice instead, praising Abraham for his faithfulness.
Following this tradition, the head of each Turkish household hopes to sacrifice a sheep or other food animal on the morning of the first day of the holiday period. A lavish meal is made from the meat, friends and family are invited to feast, and the excess meat and the hide are donated to charity.
Because the main purpose of the sacrifice is charity, many Muslims—especially those living in large cities—choose to donate money rather than perform the sacrifice, a substitution allowed in Turkish Islam.
'LILY' has been handed a dontion of money to help feed the Syrian refugees. Therefore we are sending a convoy of food parcels on 3rd October to the Turkish/Syrian border where due to the recent fighting there has been a sudden influx of over 130,000 displaced Syrians many of whom are living in Mosques, factories and derelict buildings etc.