Monday, January 07, 2008

Eid al-Adha (2007)

Salam Alaykum, la paz sobre todos

Inshallah (God willing) everyone had a good Eid al-Adha (the Festival of Sacrifice). As everyone knows Eid al-Adha is the commemoration of the Great Pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj) and the ultimate Sacrifice of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) peace be upon him, when Allah asked him to sacrifice his Beloved son in order to show his devotion to Him; you can read about this great human being Abraham: The Father of the Prophets.

We are blessed once again to continue the tradition of making tamales, and inshallah it’s something that we will continue in the future. Our gathering was delightful and a blessing. Our sisters did a great job in coordinating the makings of the tamales from scratch. One of the reasons why tamales are such a big deal to us is because they are so delicious and unfortunately we can not eat them from restaurants or family functions because the masa (dough) is typically kneaded with manteca (Lard) and that’s a no-no. So we have to make it ourselves from scratch and add vegetable shortening and halal meats (Kosher).

Also, these gatherings teach us unity, love and respect as we grow and transition into the mainstream community. At the same time it teaches us that our Hispanic/ Latino culture has a lot to offer to the Muslim community and by these functions we are re-introducing our tradition to the ummah—without the haram (forbidden) inshallah.

Tamalli in Nahualt (native language), is a pre-Columbian treat that some say was first introduced around 1200 or 1500BC in what is now southern Mexico and Guatemala. Corn (Maiz), being the main ingredient was first introduced around 6,000 years ago in Oaxaca (Wuahaca), Mexico. The natives (Mayans and Aztecs) made varieties of treats with corn and developed various kinds of Tamales through out time ranging from meat, cheese, pepper & cheese, sweet with raisins, bean tamales and so on.

1 comment:

Haroon said...

Peace be upon all
Awesome, mashallah! This is Islam in America at its tastiest! Islam enhances and beautifies the peoples, lands and cultures it finds itself in -not destroy it as some mistakenly think and some have mistakenly done.
So what number do I call for my lunch order? :)