Eid Al Adha, to be observed by Muslim world on Tuesday, August 21st 2018, marks the end of Hajj and involves animal sacrifice as a symbol of Ibrahim’s sacrifice to Allah.
Eid Al Adha, “Feast of the Sacrifice,” or “Greater Eid”, is distinct from Eid Al Fitr, or” Lesser Aid” which marks the end of Ramadan. It symbolises Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son as a sign of devotion and obedience to Allah.
What does Eid al-Adha celebrate?
Quran tells how Allah commanded Ibrahim – known as Abraham to Christians and Jews – to sacrifice his son as a test of his devotion. Despite his love for the boy, Ibrahim managed to sacrifice him. However, at the last moment, Allah tells Ibrahim to spare the child and sacrifice a male goat. In remembrance of Ibrahim’s willingness to submit himself to the divine will, Muslims sacrifice an animal during Eid al-Adha.
Non-Muslims will probably recognise the story from the Bible, where it appears in a similar form.
What is done?
Muslims must prepare for the Sunnah, which includes a morning ablution followed by Salat Al Fajar prayers.
They must then clean themselves and put on their best clothing. Eid prayers are offered in the morning when the sun has completely risen, and in congregation while repeating “Labaik Allah Huma Labaik”.
To commemorate Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice Esmail, it is customary for Muslims to sacrifice an animal, which is usually a goat or a sheep. The meat is then divided into three parts: one part for the family, one for friends and relatives, and the final part for the poor and needy.
Eid Al Adha is an important time for charity, and those who can afford it make an effort to ensure they help those less fortunate.
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