The Indonesian Embassy Madrid finally held the Eid al-Adha prayer on Saturday (9/7) local time, after the Spanish government relieved the health protocol on COVID-19 pandemic. According to a statement of Indonesian Embassy Madrid received by Antara in Jakarta, Saturday, after two years not performing Eid al-Adha prayer, the Indonesian citizens and diaspora in Madrid could do it again and gather around.
The activity began with a takbiran (recital of God is great) at 9 am Madrid time, followed by Eid al-Adha prayer and sermon joined by 120 people. In the sermon, Indonesian Ambassador for Spain Muhammad Najib talked about the importance of sacrifice spirit as shown by Prophet Ibrahim and his son Ishmael to get God's satisfaction. To the embassy staff, Najib affirmed the importance of loving the spirit of Prophet Ibrahim and Ishmael in carrying out duty, for the sake of the people and the nation.
The event was held at Wisma Duta so that the flock could enjoy the summer in a wide garden. Indonesian food was also served for the people who were missing Indonesian food. The event was joined by some Diponegoro University (UNDIP) students who were joining an exchange program, some lecturers who were conducting research, and the commander of UNIFIL Indonesia in Lebanon.
The Islamic Commission of Spain had set the Eid al-Adha on July 9 2022. This year, the Muslims of Spain could enjoy it freely because it fell on the weekend, so they did not need permission to leave their work.
According to data in 2022, at least 2.1 million Muslims were spread across Iberian Peninsula and islands in Southern Europe. The biggest Muslim community stayed in Catalonia, followed by Andalusia, Madrid, Valencia, and Murcia. For the Spanish muslims, the festivity of Eid al-Adha was a special commemoration, began from the mosque to many gatherings with family to celebrate the day in their own cultures.