Muslims in the Holy Islamic town of Kamgbunli in the Ellembele District of the Western Region(the only entirely Muslim settlement in Ghana) are busy preparing themselves for the holy feast of Eid-ul Adha, one of their biggest festival in Islam.
The marketplaces of Ainyinasi, Axim, Esiama, Eikwe, Takoradi and are kept crowded and busy, where herds of sheep and cows are traded ahead of the main festival scheduled on Tuesday.
“I have come with my friends to buy two sheep and two cows for myself and my neighbours so that we can offer their sacrifice on Eid-ul-Adha to be celebrated on Tuesday,” said Mallam Suleyman Nuhu, a farmer haggling with a merchant in Takoradi.
The town is more than 200 years old, known for their good Hospitality, its spicy food, many Muslim Scholars especially the Holy Imam and custodian and former Western Regional Chief Imam, His Highest Eminence Waliu`llah Imam Alhaji Nuhu (May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him), its beautiful Mosques, beautiful and descent ladies. Of late the town has also emerged as the hub for information technology and education for students in the diaspora with the construction of one of the few Senior High Schools in the region, The Usman Bin Affan Islamic Senior High School.
Muslims in this old town of Kamgbunli celebrate the festival with religious fervor and gaiety.
The market place near the town, the famous Aiyinasi Market, witnessed an unusual rush with Muslim shoppers including women in all kinds of beautiful and colourful black veils purchasing new clothes for the festival.
The shops selling bangles, perfumes and dress materials have kept merchandise on display to lure customers.
Hundreds of Muslims every year on Eid day gather in the town’s main park close to the main station to offer congregational Eid prayers. This year four people from Kamgbunli successfully made it to the Holy city of Mecca for the Hajj pilgrimage and the town is very prepared to welcome them in grand style.
Eid-ul Adha, known as festival of sacrifice, is celebrated world over on the tenth day of Duhl Hijja, the last month of the Islamic year. Muslims across the globe celebrate this festival with enthusiasm and offer sacrifices of animals.
The festival is celebrated to commemorate Prophet Abrahim’s submission to God’s will.
The festival, also known as Eid kpole (Major Eid ) in Kamgbunli, will be celebrated nationwide in Ghana on Tuesday .
We wish the entire Kamgbunli Islamic community a very Happy Eid.
Eid Mubarak to you all and May Allah accept our offerings.
-Sultan Nuhu Mohammed