Eid ul Adha ‘Festival of Sacrifice’: Story, significance, things to do, lessons to learn!

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What is Eid ul Adha & why do we celebrate it? What’s the story behind it? What does Eid Mubarak mean? What does the Quran say about the ritual of sacrifice? What're the lessons to learn from Bakrid? Read everything!
What is Eid ul Adha & why do we celebrate it? What’s the story behind it? What does Eid Mubarak mean? What does the Quran say about the ritual of sacrifice? What're the lessons to learn from Bakrid? Read everything!

Eid al-Adha is a prime festival for the Muslim community and is celebrated globally. Eid al-Adha, Bakrid or Bakra Eid falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the last month of the lunar year. Muslims across the country sacrifice a male goat on the final day and feast on it to celebrate Prophet Ibrahim’s supreme sacrifice and God’s solicitude towards him.

People celebrate this day by sacrificing an animal (bakra, as the name suggests), which is divided into three parts; one part is given to the relatives, friends and neighbours, second part to the needy and poor, and the third is kept with themselves.

This festival is meant to make a Muslim more virtuous in his or her deeds. It should not be meant only to offer sacrifices; rather it is meant to learn hidden lessons of freedom from selfish desires and to elevate a Muslim from anything that hinders his ability to fulfill his responsibilities as a Muslim.

Why do we celebrate Eid al Adha or Bakra Eid? Background

The story of Eid al-Adha is that Prophet Abraham had a dream in which he was sacrificing his young son. Ibrahim, known as Abraham in the Christian and Jewish traditions took his dream seriously as a command by God. He obeyed and took Ishmael (Ismail or Ismael) to Mount Moriah. Just as he was to sacrifice his son, an angel stopped him and gave him a lamb to sacrifice in place of his son. Some people dispute that the son of sacrifice was Isaac (Isḥāq). Regardless, these events are remembered and celebrated at Eid al-Adha.

The Islamic calendar is based on observations of the Moon and the length of a particular month can vary between years. For this reason, predicted dates of Eid al-Adha may be corrected at the start of the month of Dhul Hijja. This is around 10 days before the start of the festival.

How to celebrate Eid al Adha or Bakra Eid 2018?

It is a time of merriment for everyone, especially Muslims. They wear new clothes and offer their prayers to Allah.

After offering their prayers, they hug each other and exchange greetings.

Women’s participation in the festivities is different in different countries, however they celebrate by making delicious delicacies.

Even children enjoy by asking for ‘Eidi’ and decorating their houses.

How do you wish someone on this day?

On this day, people say to each other, “Eid Mubarak!” This means: May you have a blessed Eid! It can also mean: A happy Eid to you!

How many days does it last?

Eid al-Adha marks the final day of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage Muslims are required to undertake to Makkah once in a lifetime. Some Muslims observe this Eid for three days.

What does the Quran say about the ritual of sacrifice?

Muslims sacrifice an animal on this day and it is of our negative emotions such as malice, hatred, negativity and pride. The sacrifice should produce deep spiritual feelings in a person. He must think that he too has to sacrifice his negative attitude and other wrong habits for the sake of God.

About the animal sacrifice, the Quran says: “Their flesh and blood do not reach God: it is your piety that reaches Him.” (22:37) This implies that merely sacrificing the animal without observing the spirit behind this ritual is of no use. One has to adhere to and adopt the spirit behind this ritual, which is to be spiritual, pious and righteous in life.

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