one of the most important festivals in Islamic calendar that commemorates the story of the Prophet Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) as Allah commanded him to sacrifice his son (the Prophet Ismail) as an act of obedience. Eid Ul Adha (Major Festival or the Festival of sacrifice) refers to the culmination of the annual event of the Hajj (Pilgrimage) as Muslims who perform this worship will do their rites in Mina, Saudi Arabia, near Mecca. All Muslims all over the world celebrate with this Eid.
Relationship between Eid Ul Adha and The Quran
Allah tells Muslims in the Quran that Allah commanded angel Gabriel to tell the Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice His son. Angel Gabriel told Ibrahim with the message of Allah in His dream. This was regarded as a test from Allah to Ibrahim; this also was as an act of obedience. Ibrahim told His son (the Prophet Ismail) with the revelation. Ismail did not refuse to be sacrificed once He knew that this is the command of Allah, He told His father to respond to the commanding of Allah.
Just as Ibrahim was to sacrifice His son, the angel stopped him, and gave him a sheep or a ram to sacrifice in place of His son. This story is also told in the Torah, and in the Book of Genesis. Ibrahim won in this test and his obedience appeared.
Date of Eid Ul Adha
According to Islamic calendar, Eid Ul Adha is celebrated depending on the sighting of the new moon. The length of the particular month can vary between years so the predicted date of Eid Ul Adha is corrected at the beginning of Hajj month. Muslims in different countries can celebrate on different days for this reason. But now, some countries follow Saudi Arabia, as the site of the Hajj.
How Is Eid celebrated?
In the first morning of Eid Ul Adha, Muslims dressed in their nicest and best clothes, then left their homes and went to the local mosques to perform the prayer of Eid Ul Adha (salat). Muslims thank Allah for all the blessings they have received by the appearance of happiness. Muslims greet each other with “Eid Mubarak”. Which means to be happy and have a good day. Muslims also be careful to attend the sermon after this prayer.
Eid Ul Adha is one of the best times to visit your relatives, friends and neighbors. They also give children money and presents. Many Muslims give each other sweets like cookies, and chocolate.
Some Muslims sacrifice an animal that can be a sheep, lamb, goat, cow, bull or a camel or even a buffalo. The animal must have very good health to be slaughtered and over a certain age according to its type. This sacrifice is called “the Qurbani”.
According to Islamic rules, the meat of the Qurbani can be divided into three equal portions per share. The one who sacrificed takes one-third to himself and his family; one-third for friends and neighbors; and the final third is donated for the poor and those who are in need.
Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam. It is the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia every year in the final month according to Islamic calendar. Any Muslim who are fit and able to travel should visit Mecca at this time to perform the rites of this ownership at least once over their lives.
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