8 Desember, 2010
Idul Adha is one of muslim feasts that took place on the tenth day until the thirteenth day of month Dzulhijjah. After took a congregation prayer, wealthy people of muslim slaughter the cattles (such as cow, bull, sheep and goat) for their meat distributed to the poor and some are presented to the family. Among Chinese muslims, many events were held to celebrate the day. In an Arabic-language television shows covering other forms of events organized to celebrate Eid al-Adha, there was a celebration dinner to the accompaniment of dances from the countries of origin of Chinese muslims combined with middle eastern dance.
But the fact which makes me more amazed was the television channel I was watching: China Central Television (CCTV-العربية) that provide Arabic language broadcasting services to reach more than 300 million Arabic-speaking audiences. Even though my Arabic language skills are minimal, but I was feels more comfortable to watch Arabic-language after listening to mandarin conversations mixed with english all the day.
8 Desember, 2010
Shopping at Ikea, Dalian was spending much time. We almost forgot to eat until our tummy were rumbling. But first, we need to find the Dalian Mosque in Beijing Street, near People’s Square, Dalian, and took day prayer there. The mosque was built in 1922. At the time of Cultural Revolution happened in China until 1979, all of worship building for any religion include this mosque did not operate.
In the courtyard there are several holes that had been prepared for the slaughter of the cattles. And there is a wall inscribed with a verse of the Qur’an which reads: “And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided.”
We met Imam Hajj Yusuf as the master of the mosque, he invited us to come to the mosque at 9 a.m. in the next day for Idul Adha prayer. After had a light chat with him, we say goodbye to him, and went for late lunch at Alabo Dalian Minzu Restaurant which laid just the next building to the mosque. This restaurant managed by Chinese muslim, serving meals in mediteranian style. We feel very relieved and satisfied eating at this restaurant because it guarantees provided halal cuisine.