Millennial Muslim finds deeper meaning in Eid al-Adha
Published: August 12, 2019 12:22pm | PUERTO PRINCESA CITY
Meet Clarck, a shy young man. He’s a millennial and a Muslim.
“I’m 100 percent proud to be a Muslim. I believe that Islam is the perfect way of life,” said the 18-year old who works as a food crew for Yamang Bukid Farm, an emerging farm tourism destination in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. “Islam is the way for me to become a good Muslim,” he said in mixed English and Filipino.
As a Muslim teenager working in a predominantly Christian company, Clarck—whose real name is Sabdano Ian Clarck Longno—was elated that he was warmly embraced by fellow employees and company officers.
“As a Muslim, I saw no religious discrimination here in Yamang Bukid. They do not look on people based on their religion. They treat me as a son. They would scold me into eating if i skipped meals,” the soft-spoken teenager said.
Clarck is among the four young Muslims in Yamang Bukid Farm and its parent company Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Inc. (YBHPI) who will join with the 10.7 million Filipinos and over 1.8 billion others worldwide in observing Eid ul-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, one of Islam’s most revered religious holidays.
The holiday that starts in the evening of Aug. 11 and ends the next day, remembers the sacrifice of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) when Allah commanded him to kill as an offering his only son Ishaq (Isaac). As in the Bible, the Quran tells that before Ibraham could carry out the deed, Allah intervened and sent down a lamb to be slaughtered instead.
“I felt valued and respected despite being a Muslim. I also observed that we are the same in giving value to the family,” Clarck said.
And how will he celebrate the holiday?
Like most Muslims, Clark said he will go fasting a day before Eid al-Adha. He plans to attend the salah by going to the masjid to pray and do any good deed towards his fellow Muslims (zakah).
“After the salah I might go celebrate with my siblings. We will enjoy the celebration with limitations based on the teachings of Allah (Swat),” said Clarck.