Eid Al Adha is one of the two major festivals in Islam, celebrated on the 10th of Zul Hijjah (today), the last month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Eid Al Adha, or the ‘festival of sacrifice’, marks the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) to sacrifice his son Ishmael (AS) out of faith in Allah and His Commandments.
The festival is celebrated by the 1.6 billion Muslims across the globe.
Eid Al Adha is observed by Muslims as “days of remembrance” of the willingness to submit to Allah’s commands.
In commemoration of the event, Muslims sacrifice animals and divide the sacrifice into three parts – one-third of the share is kept by the family; one third is given to relatives, friends, and neighbours; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy. Eid sacrifice may take place until sunset on the 13th of Zul Hijjah.
Eid Al Adha celebrations also coincide with the sacred Haj pilgrimage, and for the pilgrims or hajjis, the celebration begins after the descent of the Haj pilgrims from the Mount Arafat on the 9th of Zul Hijjah.
The day begins with Eid prayers, which follows the regular morning prayer. Eid prayer is obligatory for men and women to be performed in congregation. It is held in masjids and also on large grounds. This is called Eid-gah. Eid greetings are exchanged between all Muslims, be it friends, family or even stangers.
Wishing all my readers and followers, and all Muslims around the world, a very joyous and peaceful Eid ul Adha. May Allah grant you a blessed year ahead.