Celebrating Eid-al-Adha – July 2022

This year, running from the 9th-13th July, Eid-al-Adha recognises the offering which the Prophet Abraham made when he offered his son, Ismael for sacrifice, in an act of obedience to God, before God replaced Ismael with a lamb instead.

During the celebrations, some Muslims donate money to charity to give poorer families the chance to have a proper Eid feast, while mosques and community groups often arrange communal meals.

Our Group Business Analyst, Anisur, shares with us how he will be celebrating this year: 

“Muslims celebrate Eid twice a year: Eid al-Fitr (which marked the end of Ramadan/fasting in May) and Eid al-Adha.

Eid al-Adha is taking place this Saturday 9th July which follows the completion of the Hajj pilgrimage – one of the five pillars of Islam. The celebration also commemorates the willingness of Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to God, with God replacing Ismael with a ram during the point of sacrifice. Therefore, Eid to me is about being grateful for all the blessings in life (especially things we easily take for granted) and a chance to spend quality time with those who matter.

I will be celebrating with my family and friends where we will be wearing new clothes, exchanging gifts and enjoying a very large feast. 

Pets At Home have been very supportive in my religious celebrations as I am able to take time off to celebrate (not required given Eid is on a Saturday this time) and team members regularly enquire how I spent my day.”

Our former Race and Cultural Ethnicity (RACE) network co-ordinator, Kayleigh and Group Finance Support Office Manager, Andrea, were instrumental in setting up a Reflection Room space in our Handforth Support Office, so that our colleagues have the facilities they need to reflect, pray and relax:

“Our Diversity and Inclusion (RACE network) wanted a space for all colleagues to be able to either reflect, pray and/or relax.  

When planning the room, we needed to ensure the space was equipped for prayer, so we spoke with our Muslim colleagues to gather all the details of what was required to create the perfect prayer space in a Support Office environment. This included the size of the space needed, ablution facilities and times of prayer.

I respect all religions and felt it was extremely important to ensure we could provide the correct space within our Support Office for our colleagues to be able to go and reflect.”

Eid Mubarak to all our colleagues and customers celebrating today! 

Posted: 11/07/2022