(SWT) - "Subhanahu wa ta'ala", (The most glorified, the most high.)
(AS) - “Alayhis Salaam” (Peace be upon Him.)
WHAT IS EID-UL-ADHA?
There are two annual key festivals that are celebrated in Islam -:
Although they are both named Eid, they are two completely different celebrations altogether.
WHAT IS EID-UL-ADHA?
Eid ul-Adha popularly known as "Festival of the Sacrifice", also referred to as Eid Qurban or Bakra Eid, is the second of the two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year and is considered the holier of the two. It occurs on the tenth day of the Islamic month of Dhu al Hijjah each year depending on the visibility of the moon and coincides with the final rites of the Pilgrimage called Hajj.
The history of Eid-ul-Adha can be traced back to the story which states that Prophet Ibrahim (AS) was instructed by Allah(SWT), in a dream, to sacrifice his beloved son Ismail (AS). Ibrahim (AS) loved his son dearly yet he was fully prepared to follow Allah's (SWT) command and do as He instructed. The devil tried to lead Ibrahim (AS) astray so that he will disobey Allah's (SWT) command and not sacrifice his beloved son but Ibrahim (AS) remained determined in his decision and true to Allah (SWT). He took his son to the top of Mount Arafat but before he could sacrifice his son, Allah (SWT) provided a ram to sacrifice instead and his son was spared.
The festival reminds everyone of the mercy and benefits bestowed upon mankind. It honors the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God's command. Every year, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha to remember Ibrahim’s (AS) loyalty and obedience to Allah (SWT).
Muslims commemorate and remember Abraham's trials, by themselves slaughtering an animal such as a sheep, camel, or goat. It’s also mandatory to share the meat of the sacrificed animal, in three equal parts as follows-:
HOW IS EID-UL-ADHA CELEBRATED?
Depending on the country, the celebrations of Eid-ul-Adha can last anywhere between two and four days. The act of Qurbani (sacrifice) is carried out following the Eid Salah (Eid Prayers), which are performed in congregation at the nearest Mosque on the morning of Eid. Muslim then visit each other's homes and partake in festive meals with special dishes, beverages, and desserts. Gifts and sweets are also exchanged on this happy occasion.
MUSLIMS GATHER FOR EID SALAH (PRAYER)
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