Eid Al-Adha, the Islamic Festival of Sacrifice – WikiWon


Islamic Festival Eid al-Adha

Eid-ul-Azha Day 1 in Pakistan

Eid al-Adha is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah’s (God’s) command to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Muslims around the world observe this event.

WHAT DOES EID AL-ADHA COMMEMORATE?

During the Hajj, Muslims remember and commemorate the trials and triumphs of the Prophet Abraham.

“Surely Abraham was an example, obedient to Allah, by nature upright, and he was not of the polytheists. He was grateful for Our bounties. We chose him and guided him unto a right path. We gave him good in this world, and in the next, he will most surely be among the righteous.” (Qur’an 16:120-121).

WHY DO MUSLIMS SACRIFICE AN ANIMAL ON THIS DAY?

During the celebration of Eid al-Adha, Muslims commemorate and remember Abraham’s trials, by themselves slaughtering an animal such as a sheep, camel, or goat.

This action is very often misunderstood by those outside the faith.

Allah has given us power over animals and allowed us to eat meat, but only if we pronounce His name at the solemn act of taking life. Muslims slaughter animals in the same way throughout the year. By saying the name of Allah at the time of slaughter, we are reminded that life is sacred.

WHAT ELSE DO MUSLIMS DO TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY?

On the first morning of Eid al-Adha, Muslims around the world attend morning prayers at their local mosques. Prayers are followed by visits with family and friends, and the exchange of greetings and gifts. At some point, members of the family will visit a local farm or otherwise will make arrangements for the slaughter of an animal. The meat is distributed during the days of the holiday or shortly thereafter.

How many days is Eid Al Adha?

In the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah and lasts for four days until the 13th day. In the international (Gregorian) calendar, the dates vary from year to year drifting approximately 11 days earlier each year.
  1. Eid al-Adha 2017 in Pakistan will begin on the evening of Thursday 31 August.
  2. And Eid al-Adha ending on the evening of Sunday, 3 September.
  3. Muslims celebrate Muharram
  4. Hajj 2017 will begin on the evening of Wednesday 30 August
  5. And ends on the evening of Monday 4 September
  6. In this Eid al-Adha day an important animal is Camel, Cow, and Goat.

    What is Eid ul Adha?

    Eid Ul Adha means Festival/Feast of the Sacrifice.

    It marks the date when Allah appeared to Ibrahim in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, to show his devotion.

    Ibrahim was about to go ahead when Allah stopped him and gave him a lamb to slaughter instead.

    It’s similar to the Christian and Jewish accounts in which God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac.

    The story illustrates the willingness to accept the command of the Almighty.

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