Eid Ul-Adha – The Festival Of Sacrifice

“Eid Mubarrak” is the salutation, when we celebrate one of the two Eids. This is the occasion for Eid-ul-Adha meaning (Arabic)  “Festival of the sacrifice”.It is also called the “Feast of the Sacrifice”, the “Major Festival”, the “Greater Eid”, “Kurban Bayram” (Turkish): “Eid e Qurban” (Persian) or “Baqr’Eid” (Urdu ‎), and is the second of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide each year. It honors the willingness of prophet Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his promised son. Ishmael (Ismail) as an act of submission to Allah’s command, before Allah then intervened to provide prophet Abraham with a lamb to sacrifice instead

 What is Eid ul-Adha

Eid ul-Adha also known as “Festival of Sacrifice” or “Greater Eid” is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Hazrat Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Hazrat Ismael as an act of obedience to God, but instead was able to sacrifice a ram (by God’s command).

Eid ul-Adha also known as “Festival of Sacrifice” or “Greater Eid” is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Hazrat Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Hazrat Ismael as an act of obedience to God, but instead was able to sacrifice a ram (by God’s command). In traditional or agrarian settings, each family would sacrifice a domestic animal, such as a cow, sheep, goat, or camel, by slaughter. The meat would then be divided into three equal parts to be distributed to others. The family eats one third, another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbours, and the other third is given to the poor & needy as a gift.   Eid Adha-7Eid ul-Adha is celebrated annually on the 10th day of the 12th and the last Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah of the lunar Islamic calendar. Eid ul-Adha celebrations start after the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia by Muslims worldwide, descend from Mount Arafat. The date is approximately 70 days (2 Months & 10 days) after the end of the month of Ramadan. Ritual observance of the holiday lasts until sunset of the 13th day of Dhu al-Hijjah.

What does Eid al-Adha commemorate 

During the Hajj, Muslims remember and commemorate the trials and triumphs of the Prophet Abraham. The Qur’an describes Abraham as follows:

 Quran (16_120)

Surely Ibrahim was an exemplar, obedient to Allah, upright, and he was not of the polytheists.(16:120)

Quran (16_121)

Grateful for His favors; He chose him and guided him on the right path. .(16:121)

One of Abraham’s main trials was to face the command of Allah to kill his only son. Upon hearing this command, he prepared to submit to Allah’s will. When he was all prepared to do it, Allah revealed to him that his “sacrifice” had already been fulfilled. He had shown that his love for his Lord superceded all others, that he would lay down his own life or the lives of those dear to him in order to submit to God.

The following two tabs change content below.
Retired as Aeronautical Engineer, and worked as a journalist for a long time. Settled down to dedicate myself to the service of the religion. Have translated holy Quran in poetry, and I am in the process of writing Tafsir. I encourage all interested to send articles to this website, where the articles shall be printed with their own names. If you like an article, please "Like' in the "Facebook box" on right side

Latest posts by Mohammad Irshad (see all)