Eid al-Adha Quick Facts
|Eid al-Adha (ईद अल-अज़हा)
|28 June 2023
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History of Eid al-Adha
Eid al-Adha is an important festival of the Islamic religion which is celebrated on the tenth of the second Islamic month of Dhul-Hijjah according to the Islamic calendar. It is also known as "Id of Sacrifice" or "Bakrid".
The history of Eid al-Adha is linked to Abraham and his son Ismail. Allah gave a sign in Abraham's dream that he should give his son for sacrifice. Ibrahim walked with his son to the place where he was designated by Allah to perform the sacrifice. When Ibrahim prepared his son for sacrifice, Allah provided him with a goat and asked him to present the goat as a sacrifice. Ibrahim redeemed his son for the sacrifice and gave him a goat instead.
Story of Eid al-Adha
Ibrahim (Abraham) and Ismail: Allah gave a sign to Hazrat Ibrahim in his dream and asked him to sacrifice his son Ismail. Abraham prepared his son to worship God, but in the end he was asked to sacrifice a goat. This story shows the importance of sacrifice and proves that Allah tests the faithful and patient devotees.
Aapa and Bhai Chara: A man helped needy people to buy two goats on Eid al-Adha. It shows how the spirit of brotherhood, kindness, and service are important elements of Eid.
Hazrat Ibrahim and the story of infertility: Hazrat Ibrahim and Hazrat Sarah did not have children for years. Then by the merciful boon of Allah, Sarah became pregnant and gave birth to Ismail. This story shows the compassion of Allah, the ability to cope with childlessness, and the importance of faith.
Significance of Eid al-Adha
The importance of Eid al-Adha is immense in the Islamic religion. The festival is celebrated with deep respect and joy in the Muslim community and embodies several important symbolic and confessional dimensions.
Display of dedication and commitment: Eid al-Adha is a great opportunity for the Muslim community to demonstrate dedication and commitment. It reminds them to offer attachment to Allah through their submission, sincerity, and surrender.
Inspires Equality and Kindness: Eid al-Adha is also a symbol of social and humanitarian importance. On this occasion, the Muslim community distributes food, donates and helps the poor with their organization and neighbors. It promotes the spirit of equality, brotherhood, and kindness and makes people feel the importance of cooperation and organization.
Family and communication: Eid al-Adha is also a family celebration where there is an opportunity to spend time with family and friends. People feast on each other, share sweets, and share moments of happiness. It is an occasion to bond and love and unites the community in a sense of unity through communication.
How to celebrate Eid al-Adha
Eid al-Adha is celebrated by the Muslim community in a special way. This festival is celebrated in four dimensions (stages) from beginning to end.
Namaz-e-Eid: Eid al-Adha begins with Namaz-e-Eid. It is held in mosques in the morning as soon as the sun rises. People assemble in congregation and offer a special prayer, which is called Namaz-e-Eid. This is followed by the khutba (speech), which conveys religious and moral messages.
Qurbani (sacrifice): Qurbani is also conducted in Eid al-Adha. It is a sacrifice of a large goat or goat by Muslim households for some time. This sacrifice is done in memory of the sacrifice of Ismail, the son of Hazrat Ibrahim (Abraham). The portion of the sacrificed animal is distributed among the poor and needy.
Taqteer: At the conclusion of prayers and sermons, Muslims hug and congratulate each other (Eid Mubarak), give gifts and visit each other. Many Muslims invite their non-Muslim friends, neighbours, co-workers and classmates to their Eid festivals on this occasion to better acquaint them with Islam and Muslim culture.
Tradition and customs of Eid al-Adha
One of the main traditions of this festival is the sacrifice of an animal (goat, ox, camel, sheep, ram, etc.) from one of the tribes on the day of Eid al-Adha. This sacrifice is a great heroism of cowardice aimed at devotion to Allah and respect for ideals. After the sacrifice, devotees share food with their family, friends, and the poor and celebrate a lucky day. Eid al-Adha means "Eid of the Sacrifice" and is the second most important festival in the Islamic calendar after Eid al-Fitr.
This day is celebrated with great enthusiasm across the country by the Muslim community. People go to the mosque, meet friends and family, enjoy food and drink, and feel the blessings of Allah. The celebration of Eid al-Adha is celebrated around the world and is especially important in areas with large Muslim populations. People feel joy and unity with people around them to share this festival.
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