Author: Shaheen Ashraf
“Festival of the Sacrifice”, also called the “Sacrifice Feast” or “Baqr-a-Eid”, is the second of two main Muslim Holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and Eid-ul-Adha is considered the holier of the two Muslim Festivals because it honours the willingness of Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son, as an act of submission to God’s command (in his recurring dream that he was sacrificing something nearest & dearest to him) when he realized after a lot of hard thought-provoking meditation that his only son at that time was fitting the picture, He discussed it with his son and the son complied by saying that IF it was God’s Will, he was submitting to that WILL). God then intervened, through his angel Gabriel and informed him that his sacrifice had already been accepted. A lamb was replaced instead for sacrifice and THAT is what has been followed by Muslims since Prophet Muhammad recognized and reminded people of this event.
God then intervened, through his angel Gabriel and informed him that his sacrifice had already been accepted. A lamb was replaced instead for sacrifice and THAT is what has been followed by Muslims since Prophet Muhammad recognized and reminded people of this event.
This day has been celebrated much before Prophet Muhammad as he came much later then Abraham. There were different forms of Rituals like Idol worship, fire worship etc. that would take place in Mecca.
There are different Rituals attached to the Hajj and it begins on the 5th of this moon sighting where Pilgrims pitch tents to live and pray in the field of Minah (near Mecca). On the 9th day which is the MOST important day of the year (for repentance) where Pilgrims stand and spend the whole day in prayer in the Field of Arafaat. It is called the day of the Arafat and THAT is the Hajj. Pilgrims move to the Field of Muzdalefah to spend the night in prayer and with the Dawn of the 10th day – which is the day of Sacrifice, move to “Stoning the satan” in commemoration of the three places where satan is said to have disturbed Prophet Abraham, telling him that he was crazy to sacrifice his son. But Prophet Abraham was determined and Committed to fulfilling his dream, obeying what he thought God had demanded of him.
God accepted this SUBMISSION and Muslims commemorate that every year. This House of Worship at Mecca was the FIRST House built by Abraham and his son Ismail, for the worship of ONE God. The SIMPLE cube signifies the oneness of the Power that surrounds us. the Power that different faiths call by different names.
The meat from the sacrificed animal is supposed to be divided into three parts. The family CAN retain one-third of the share; another third is to be shared with relatives, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy.
In the Islamic calendar (lunar), this festival falls on the 10th day of the 12th month and lasts for three days. In the regular Solar calendar, dates vary from year to year drifting approximately 10 to 11 days earlier each year.
Eid al-Adha is the latter of the two Eid holidays, the former being the one at the end of Ramadan called Eid ul Fitr. The word “Eid” appears once in the fifth sura of the Quran, with the meaning “solemn festival”.
Like Eid al-Fitr, this Eid also begins with a prayer of two rakats followed by a sermon (khutbah). Eid al-Adha celebrations start after the descent of the pilgrims performing the ritual of Hajj, from Mount Arafat , which is a hill east of Mecca. The sacrifice for this Eid may take place until sunset on the 13th day of this month. The days of Eid (as in everything in Islam) have been singled out in the Hadith as “days of remembrance” and considered the holiest days in the Islamic Calendar. The special days of repentance are from the Fajr prayer of the 9th of this month up to the Asr prayer of the 13th of Dhu al-Hijjah (five days and four nights).