The staff of Barlby Primary School in West London organized an assembly to mark the Muslim festival Eid ul Adha on 1st December 2009. Over 300 children from different backgrounds, faiths and races attended the assembly.
The talk was delivered by Mr Farhat Amin, a Role Model of `Footsteps' project of the MCB. Children were given the opportunity to learn about the celebrations of Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Adha, firstly after the month of fasting and secondly after the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.
The speaker focused on Eid ul Adha which took place on Friday 27th November 2009 and how Muslims remember the life of Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) who was asked by God to sacrifice his son Ishmael (pbuh). As Ibrahim (pbuh) was about to sacrifice his son God sent a lamb in Ishmael's (pbuh) place. Muslims therefore follow the example of Ibrahim (pbuh) and celebrate this occasion annually by sacrificing an animal and providing the poor with food.
Interaction took place throughout the talk with the children asking questions throughout and with a thumps up at the end. Not only was the talk relevant to Muslim children it also is relevant to children of other backgrounds who put their hands up when asked the question if Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) appears in any other religious tradition.