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Eid Al Adha Celebration

Eid Al Adha

Many Muslims in the world celebrate Eid-al-Adha, which commemorates Ibrahim’s (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his son to God. This festival also marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

"Feast of the Sacrifice'" or "Sacrifice Feast", Eid Al Adha is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two. It honors the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, as an act of submission to God's command, hence the name of "Feast of the Sacrifice" or "Sacrifice Feast". Before he sacrificed his son God intervened by sending his angel Jibra'il (Gabriel), who then put a sheep in his son's place. It is a holy time of sacrifice and generosity to friends, family and the needy. According to Sunnah, the meat from the sacrificed animal is divided into three parts: the family retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy.

In the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid Al Adha takes place on the 10th day of the 12th month and lasts for four days until the 13th day. The exact date and timing of the occasion varies on the positioning of the moon at the beginning of the Islamic calendar month, better known as Dhu’l-Hijjah. As a result of this, Eid al-Adha often falls on different days around the world - depending on your location and region.

This year it will likely start on Friday, September 1 and will end in the evening of Tuesday, September 5.

The first Eid Al Adha day begins with morning prayers at local mosques or dedicated sights on this special occasion – usually embarking on a different route back home, as this is following the example of the Prophet Muhammad. At the end of Eid Al Adha prayers, muslims will slaughter a sheep or a goat as part of the festivities, followed by the food and exchanging of gifts with their family and friends.

 

 


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