Golden Ring

Relationship: Child of im/migrant

My name is Hassan Zia and I am a Muslim. My parents and my grandparents are very strict with our religion. In 2017, my family and I went to Pakistan to celebrate Eid Al-Adha. This holiday is also called "Festival of Sacrifice" and is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year. This holiday honors the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God's command. All of this is related to the object I chose: a golden ring that my dad gave to me as a gift. The reason he gave me a present is because of the "Baath" I received from the Imam. It's not what it sounds like--a Baath is basically an oath, a ritual in which a person asks the Imam if they can receive it. The Imam does not give a Baath to anyone who asks. They see whether the person prays, gives to the community, shows up in religious meetings, and donates to the Masjid.  When the Imam decided to give me the Baath it made my father really proud. The day I received it, my father hosted a gathering for all our friends and relatives in which there was amazing food. After everyone went home, my mother and father called me in to their room. Father was holding a small box with a ribbon on it and asked me to open it. When I took the lid off, there was a golden ring. He said, "This is my gift to you for your Baath."  This only made my day better. I remember this day so clearly because of the symbol this ring holds. 

Place(s): Pakistan
Year: 1995

– Hassan

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant