8-REAL SIGNIFICANCE OF BAKRID
Bakrid is marked festival of Mohammdan for Abhram sacrificing his Isaac at the orders of Prophet Mohammad. Abhram slaughtered his son which but it turned in sheep is the rare example of Obedience and detachment of worldly things on part of Abhram for his Master Mohammad. But the practice is still being continued by ignorant Mohammdans killing innocent goats (animal) and relish animal food for enjoyment only which most undesirable and objectionable. This is a misconception among Mohammdans for which only every Mohammdan who follows are not responsible but Maulavi’s and Mulla’s are responsible for propagating the same without real understanding.
Few episode this festival celebrated by Baba and His message are produced below.
On June 21th 1926, was the Muslim holiday of Bakri-Id, celebrated in memory of Abraham's offering of his son Isaac as a sacrifice to God. The holiday was observed at Meherabad, and two of the Muslim mandali, Karim and Barsoap, were made to stand up and explain the significance of the holiday as best they could. Remarking about the Muslim custom of slaughtering a goat on this day, Baba conveyed, "They feel that if the Prophet killed a goat on this day, they should do it, too. They should try to kill their minds instead of goats! What is the use of slaughtering defenseless animals?"
Baba added, "If I ordered the mandali to wear hats and not to go out in the sun bare-headed, after some years it will be considered a religious practice to always wear a hat in the sun." (Lord Meher-pp-677-1926)
On 11th June 1927, the Muslim festival of Bakri Id was celebrated By Meher Baba. The school was closed for half a day, and at 3:00 P.M. Baba presented the Muslim students with new clothes. He distributed sweets to all the children. (Lord Meher-pp-823-1927)