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.
This Eid ul Adha is very different from the ones in the previous years. The world is still grappling with a pandemic, and more natural and man-made disasters seem to be happening every day. It’s easy to say, “I’m not going to bother with any celebrations or observations for this Eid; after all, what’s the point?” But I think, there is no better time than right now to really reflect on what Eid ul Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice is about, what the message and reason behind why we celebrate this Eid is, and how we can incorporate those lessons into our everyday lives.
I would like to wish all my readers and followers, and all Muslims around the world, a very joyous and peaceful Eid ul Adha. May Allah grant us all a blessed year ahead and give us the patience and forbearance to accept and work through the trying times that we are all going through currently.