Eid-Ul-Adha, is celebrated on the tenth day of “Dhul hijjah” (a month in Islamic Calendar). People around the world celebrate this festival in the honour of the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to obey Allah and it also mark the end of Haj (pilgrimage to Mecca).
According to Islamic traditions, Allah tested Prophet Ibrahim’s obedience and asked him to sacrifice his son. Prophet Ibrahim showed his great faith in Allah by showing his willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail. Allah was so pleased by Ibrahim’s submission that he replaced Ismail with a lamb. Allah made this demonstration of sacrifice and faith a permanent and a very important part of Muslim’s life. Hence the tenth day of “Dhul hijjah” is celebrated as Eid-Ul-Adha by all the muslim around the world.
Eid-Ul-Adha holiday means feast of sacrifice. During Eid-Ul-Adha, muslims around the world honors Ibrahim’s trails and sacrifice an animal such as a sheep, camel, or goat. God has given man the power over animals and allowed him to eat meat, but only if he say his name at the solemn act of taking life. Everytime when muslim slaughter an animal he do it in the same way.
By doing so man is reminded that life is sacred. The meat from the sacrifice is mostly shared with others. Immediate family and relatives eat one-third, one- third is given away to friends, and remaining is donated to the poor. This act demonstrate our willingness to give up things that are very close to our hearts, in order to follow Allah’s commands. It represent our willingness to give up some of our wealth to strengthen the bond of friendship and help those who are in need.
The sacrifice also symbolizes the willingness of a person to stay on the right path. Muslim believe that all the blessing come from Allah therefore they are advised to keep their heart open and share with others. There is a misunderstanding that true Muslim use the blood to wash himself from sins but sacrifice has nothing to do with this. A true Muslim is the one who believe that there is only one God, is ready himself completely to his Lord, and is willing to follow Allah’s order completely and obediently. Allah only desires such strength of heart, purity in faith and willing obedience from his followers.
EID-UL-ADHA 2018 Date
The tentative date Eid-Ul-Adha is 21 August 2018. The actual date depend on the sighting of the moon of “Dhul hijjah”. The date may differ from country to country.
Eid- Ul-Adha greetings to all of you.May this festival of Eid-Ul-Adha brings joy and happiness to your lives. May God accept your sacrifice and shower his bestest of blessings upon you and guide you to walk on the right and virtuous path.
EID-UL-ADHA Around The World
- India- In India Eid-Ul-Adha is celebrated with traditional fervor and gaity. People dress up in their new clothes attend open-air prayer and greet each others. Some people sacrifice goat while others sacrifice sheep and share the meat with family, friends, neighbours and poor.
- Pakistan – In Pakistan, Eid-Ul-Adha is a three-day event celebrated every year on the third day of “Dhul hijjah”. All the business houses and shops are closed on the festive days. The day begin with a small prayer followed by the sacrifice. People who can afford sacrifice an animal in the name of God and distribute its meat.
- Saudi Arabia- In Saudi Arabia Eid celebrations differs from province to province but the hospitable traditions and generosity of the Saudi citizens become quite noticeable during the festival. Prior to the serving of special Eid food, children get Eidi (gifts) from their elders.
- Philippines- In Philippines, the Filipino Muslims hold reunions after the Eid prayer and sacrifice. Sweets are traditionally served in the feast before going to out for prayer.
- Turkey – Traditionally, each men of the family go to the mosque for the prayer on the first day of sacrifice feast in turkey. People in Turkey adorn the animal with henna and ribbons.