ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Filipino-Turkish Tolerance School (FTTS) slaughtered 87 cattle for distribution to the less fortunate, as it marked the celebration of the "Festival of Sacrifice (Eid & # 39; l Adha)" on Tuesday.
FTTS school director Ismail Kullap told the Philippine news agency (PNA) that the celebration this year will benefit at least 5,000 families, most of whom are fire victims.
The beneficiaries come from barangays (villages) Kasanyangan and Labuan, as well as in the provinces of Jolo, Sulu and Basilan.
"More or less 5,000 packages (of beef) will be distributed this year, with more than 70 percent going to underprivileged people," Kullap said.
Kullap said that they will also share beef "with our friends, staff members, our teachers and students."
He said that the cattle slaughtered this year were bought with the help of Turkish businessmen from Germany.
"Most cows were sponsored by Turkish businessmen in Germany," he added.
During last year's celebration sponsors were Turkish businessmen in Australia.
The Eid & # 39; l Adha, also called the "sacrificial feast", is the second of two Muslim holidays that are celebrated worldwide each year (the other is Eid al-Fitr), and considered the holiest of the two.
It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God's command. Before Abraham could offer his son, God provided a ram to sacrifice.
To commemorate this, an animal is sacrificed and divided into three parts: one third of the share is given to the poor and needy; another third is given to family, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is kept by the family. (PNA)