Eid ul-Adha

Eid al-Adha, an Islamic festival which is observed worldwide, commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim who followed the command of God to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience. Before Ibrahim sacrificed his son, Allah replaced the boy with a lamb. He was extremely pleased with the demonstration of sacrifice and faith by Ibrahim. To commemorate this event and honor the sacrifice of Ibrahim, Muslims celebrate this festival by slaughtering a camel, goat, or lamb every year on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah, as per Ismlaic Lunar calendar.

Many Muslims travel to Mecca to perform the Hajj Pilgrimage during this tenure in order to seek the blessings of Allah. This pious festival is celebrated with full fervor and enthusiasm all over the world. People distribute sweets and celebrate the occasion with friends and family.

Date 2018

Tentatively this year, the commencement of Eid ul-Adha is predicted to be the evening of August 21st to 22nd August evening.

 

Belief

The festival of Sacrifice is observed to honour the courage and willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his first child Ishmael to prove submission to God's command. This sacrifice of Ishmael was prevented by God, who intervened and instead gave a lamb to Abraham for sacrifice.

Traditions and Practices

Often known as the Greater Eid, this festival is celebrated after almost 1.5 million Muslims visit Mecca in Saudi Arabia to fulfill the annual pilgrimage called "Hajj". As per Islam all Muslims ought to go on Hajj at least once in their lifetime.

Like all celebrations, Eid ul-Adha sees merriment and vim among people. New dresses and the finest of the collections are worn for the prayers in an open waqf field of a mosque. The Muslims, who have enough resources and money, sacrifice their best domestic animals also known as halal which can be a camel, ram, cow, goat, sheep etc. as per the place they live in. This sacrifice is carried out to honour Abraham and his preparedness to sacrifice his son.

One third of the cooked meat is retained by the family while another third is distributed among relatives and friends. The rest of the meat is given to the impoverished to observe the practice of benevolence.

The most significant parts of the celebrations remain the chanting of the Takbir before the Eid prayers are made on the first day and after the prayers on the four days of the festival. Among women application of henna on palms remains a special preparation of the festival. While children are blessed with gifts, the adults enjoy visiting each others' homes and enjoying sumptuous meals.

Eid Dates in 2018/2019

Festivals 2018 2019
Eid-ul-Fitr 14th June 4th June
Eid-ul-Adha 22nd August 11th August
Eid-ul-Milad 20th November 9th November
Every Muslim ought to perform these duties regardless of where they live and their social repute.

The "Five Pillars of Islam" are:

  • Shahaadah (Testimony of Faith)
  • Salat (Prayer)
  • Zakat (Almsgiving)
  • Sawm (Fasting)
  • Hajj (Pilgrimage)

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Eid-ul-Adha Prayer

"Allaho-Akber, Allaho-Akber.
La ila-ha ill-lal-lah. Allaho-Akber, Allaho-Akber. Wa-lilahill hamd"
Means, "Allah is great, Allah is great. There is no god but Allah. Allah is great, Allah is great. And all praises are for Allah" is recited to honor and glorify the greatness of Allah.

There are no people who went astray after having been guided except for indulging in disputation. (al-Tirmidhi)
The Messenger of Allah repeated three times, Those who search deeply for confusing questions have perished.
Do not dispute with your brother, ridicule him, nor promise him and then break your promise. (al-Tirmidhi)