About Eid Ul Adha - An Islamic Celebration

› History of the Eid ul Adha Festival

Eid ul Adha is an Islamic festival commemorating the obedience and faith of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) to sacrifice his son Prophet Ismail (A.S), for Allah (S.W.T). Allah tested Ibrahim by commanding him through a dream to sacrifice his son, Ismail. He then set off with his son to a mountain, where he would perform the sacrifice. But while he was about to slaughter his son, Allah The Almighty rewarded him with a sheep instead, to be sacrificed.

Eid al Adha falls on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah of the Islamic calendar and happens after the Hajj. This celebration is one of the 2 main festivals in Islam; the other is Eid ul Fitr.

Camels for sacrifice
Camels for sacrifice

› How Muslims celebrate Eid ul Adha

On this day, Muslims first perform the Eid ul Adha prayer in the morning. After which, there would be a khutbah or sermon given by the imam. Muslims are recommended to stay and hear the sermon instead of leaving straight after the prayers.

After that is completed, it is time for the sacrifice of the animal, usually sheep or goats but camels or cows can be used too. Once the animal has been slaughtered, the meat is distributed, sold, cooked or given to the poor and needy. Distribution of the meat is an important practice to encourage giving to the poor and needy.

Similar to the festival Eid ul Fitr, Muslims would usually visit their family, relatives, neighbours and friends to celebrate Eid ul Adha.

Preparing the meat for distribution
Preparing the meat for distribution

› Some facts regarding Eid ul-Adha

→ According to the Hanafi scholars, Solat Eid is compulsory (wajib). To the Maliki and Shafi'e jurisprudence, it is a Sunnah Muakkadah and according to the Hambali scholars it is a Fardh.

→ Women and children participated in the Solat Eids during the time of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).

→ Following the Sunnah, the timing for Solat Eid ul Fitr is delayed while Solat Eid al Adha is hastened to facilitate the zakat fitrah and the sacrifice respectively.

Wallahu A'lam Bissawab.

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arslan 7 years ago

this knowledge about eid ul adha is great

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Azhar Kamar 7 years ago from Singapore Author

Thank you Arslan. ;-)

saira 6 years ago

Thanx nice shairing

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Neverletitgo 6 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

Thank you for telling the people our celebrations.Jazakallah

mariam 5 years ago

Thank you

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Bbudoyono 5 years ago

It is very relevant today.

javeria junaid 5 years ago

thank you for giving me so much information about eid ul adha.

javeria junaid 5 years ago

thank you for giving me so much information about eid ul adha.

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Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

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monkey 5 years ago

cool i doont like pics of dead animals or raw meat

Ismael 4 years ago

When was this published(date)?

Sara 4 years ago

Thx 4 sharing love it.

M.hassan 4 years ago

ASSALAMUWALIKUM , brother.this is a nice piece of information MASHALLAH. i have a question regarding the Qurbani.i am a muslim girl from bangladesh.my question is can a married woman give qurbani if she earns?will be waiting for ur reply. Jazak Allahu Khair

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