Muslims are blessed as they do not just have one occasion to celebrate but two during an Islamic year. The first one is Eid-ul-Fitr which symbolises the end of the holy month of Ramazan. The second one is Eid-ul-Adha, which honours the Hajj pilgrimage, which is a holy journey that Islam has made mandatory on all Muslims who could afford it both financially and health-wise.
Here are some very important facts about Eid-ul-Adha!
- The joyous day is observed on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah as per the Islamic calendar
- This very Eid is celebrated to honour and remember the willingness of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) of sacrificing his son Hazrat Ismael as per the directives of Allah Almighty, but at the last moment Allah Almighty switched with his son with a sheep
- Eid prayers are performed in unity in large gatherings displaying oneness and comprise of 2 Rakats
- On the Eid day, men, women and children dress up in their best attires and the ones who could afford, sacrifices an entire halal animal—mostly a sheep or a cow or a camel and donate the meat to the neighbours and to those who are less privileged
- The meat is segregated into 3 parts—the family keeps 1/3rd, another third is given to the relatives, friends and neighbours and the last part is given to the ones who are in need. The concept is that no needy person is left without meat
- The sacrificed animal is referred to as Udiyyah which means “the sacrificed “in the Arabic language. The animal that is to be sacrificed needs to meet a certain set of rules, which includes being a certain age and of the highest quality available
- Mostly fried liver is served for breakfast on the Eid day, while the rest of the animal is made part of the lunch and dinner.
- Eid-ul-Adha is a Muslim holiday and is a great opportunity of interacting with the non-Muslims for sharing with them the concept of Eid and its significance.
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