text: Anastasia Gevko,
photo: Bohdan Datsyuk,
On Tuesday, August 13, in Kyiv, in the park of VDNH (National Complex “Expocenter of Ukraine” – ed.), A large event was held dedicated to Qurban Bayram, one of the main holidays for Muslims.
The celebration of Qurban Bayram began with prayer.
Mufti of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Crimea
“On behalf of the Muslims of Crimea, on behalf of the Muslims of Ukraine, I congratulate all believers on this holiday.
In Islam, there are two such great holidays – Oraza Bayram, which was celebrated recently, and here is the second holiday, Qurban Bayram, which is the culmination of the great rite of the Hajj. Historically, it is associated with the prophet Ibrahim, who was ordered in a dream to sacrifice his son, a favorite and long-awaited Ismail. And when he ventured to do this, the Most High had mercy on him and his son, and sent down a ram from heaven. Since then, it has become a symbol of a person’s readiness to sacrifice the most precious and beloved on the way to the Almighty.
This is one of the main lessons associated with this great holiday in Islam, and it is very important for us, the Crimean Tatars. Because it is precisely because of this quality that we, as a people, will ultimately be able to achieve victory in the right and noble way – a non-violent struggle against the occupier.”
Children had especially a lot of entertainment on this day – for example, contests, lotteries and fairs. Children’s rides were installed on site as well.
Creative performances also took place.
One of the organizers, Damir Minadirov, told QHA media that about 3,000 guests were expected at the event.
“There are contests for children from 6 to 12 years old. There is a lottery on the female side, about 20 gifts have been prepared. And at three o’clock handing out free food is planned,” Minadirov said.
The official part of the holiday began at 2 pm with a speech by the Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov.
In his comment to QHA media, Refat Chubarov conveyed congratulations and words of support to those Crimean Tatars who remained in the Crimea occupied by Russia.
“Qurban Bayram is a holiday for all Muslims of the world, and therefore I congratulate everyone. But in recent years we have been talking separately about Crimean Tatars and Crimean Muslims, since they are under conditions of Russian occupation. On the day of this great Islamic holiday, I want to convey warm and sincere words of gratitude for the fact that they (the Crimean Tatars who remained in the occupied Crimea – ed.) did not break down, retained their Crimean Tatar dignity, for uniting as much as possible around helping political prisoners and their families.”