Every year Muslims from everywhere in the world celebrate Eid al-Adha on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah. Eid originates right back to the Holy Qur’an according to Sura al-Baqara verse 196. Eid is a worldwide festival that Muslims enjoy celebrating to honor God’s forgiveness of Ibrahim when he promised Allah that he would sacrifice his son Ishmael when asked to do so.
Ibrahim prepared himself to sacrifice his son for the sake of Allah. However, he couldn’t take his son to the place of sacrifice without his permission. He needed to consult with his son about whether he was willing to sacrifice his life in the name of God. Ishmael illustrated dedication to his faith when he didn’t show any hesitation to sacrifice his life.
Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha to signify the end of the Pilgrimage or Hajj time. Also, many Muslims embark on a spiritual trip to Mecca. Annually Muslims follow a path to the Holy Land of Mecca where they perform several Hajj rituals.
All Muslims should aim to complete the journey of Hajj at least once during their lifetime. A male who ends the Hajj is then referred to as ‘hajji’ while women are called ‘hajjah.’ Eid al-Adha is a very famous festival celebrated by nearly everyone in the Middle Eastern areas. The festival of sacrifice is a significant public holiday in Islamic countries including Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkey.
Some traditional customs are adhered to during the celebration period. Anyone from a Muslim community is expected to dress their best and to carry out the Eid prayer. Those Muslims that are wealthy should sacrifice their best domestic animals like cows, sheep, goats and even camels. The sacrifice of an animal is supposed to symbolize Ibrahim’s sacrifice.
The Holy Qur’an states that a generous amount of meat from a sacrificed animal should be handed to the poor and hungry so that they too can be a part of the festivities. The meat leftover is later cooked for the family to enjoy all together. Muslims should also ensure that they visit their relatives and friends.
Muslims’ charitable sides are best seen during Eid al-Adha as communities ensure that no single person is left without sacrificed food during the special day, even those less fortunate. Eid al-Adha delivers an important message to Muslim families by allowing them to realize what ethics mean in practice. The sacrificed animal should be consumed with family and friends as it is regarded as an element of worship.
Eid al-Adha is a time for Muslims to celebrate all that was sacrificed for them in the past. It is also a time for Muslims to spend quality time together as a family and show their kindness towards those that are less fortunate and in need. We wish you a very blessed Eid al-Adha.