Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Eid Al-Adha In Islam

  Anonymous       Wednesday, June 2, 2021

 Also known as Eid ul-Azha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى, romanized: 'Feast of the Sacrifice') is one of two Islamic festivals celebrated worldwide each year (the other being Eid al-Fitr). It commemorates Prophet Ibrahim's (Abraham's) willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail (Ishmael) in response to Allah's instruction. 

Eid al-Adha is a four-day Islamic holiday that begins on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah and ends on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah. The dates on the world (Gregorian) calendar change from year to year, moving around 11 days earlier each year.

The story of sacrifice predates Islam as Christian and Jewish sacred texts also mention it.(According to Genesis 22:2, Abraham sacrificed his son Isaac, according to the Jewish and Christian religions.) Allah supplied a lamb to slaughter instead of Ibrahim's son before he could sacrifice his son. Animals are sacrificed ritually to commemorate this intervention. 

The family offering the sacrifice consumes one-third of the meat, while the rest is handed to the poor and needy. Sweets and gifts are exchanged, and extended family members are usually welcomed.  

Eid Al-Adha Origin As Explained in Quran

The specific word "Eid" appears only once in Quran (Surah Al-Maida) which means "solemn festival."

The story of Prophet Ibrahim(Abraham) and Prophet Ismail appears in Surah As- Saffat from ayat 100-112. 

100 "O my Lord! Grant me a righteous (son)!"
101 So We gave him the good news of a boy ready to suffer and forbear.
102 Then, when (the son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, he said: "O my son! I see in vision that I offer thee in sacrifice: Now see what is thy view!" (The son) said: "O my father! Do as thou art commanded: thou will find me if Allah (God) so wills one practicing Patience and Constancy!"
103 So when they had both submitted their wills (to Allah), and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead (for sacrifice),
104 We called out to him "O Abraham!
105 "Thou hast already fulfilled the vision!" – thus indeed do We reward those who do right.
106 For this was obviously a trial–
107 And We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice:
108 And We left (this blessing) for him among generations (to come) in later times:
109 "Peace and salutation to Abraham!"
110 Thus indeed do We reward those who do right.
111 For he was one of our believing Servants.
112 And We gave him the good news of Isaac – a prophet – one of the Righteous. 

The Ritual of Sacrificing Animals 

The custom of Eid al-Adha involves butchering an halal animal and distribute the meat to family, relatives, and friends as well as the poor. Everyone must have access to meat and people with wealth and resources should distribute the meat to . This event clearly embodies dedication, benevolence, and equality. The most commonly slaughtered animals on Eid Al-Adha includes: sheeps, goats, cows, buffaloes, and camels.  

Sacrifice in Eid al-Adha is not made to give blood so as to appease Allah. It's about devoting something beloved to accomplish the goal of Eid al-Adha. It can be something other than an animal, such as money or time spent on community service. 31 Other non-meat offerings have been given by previous caliphs. In the end, animal sacrifice is a sunnah rather than a necessity. Allah does not accept meat, or blood, but he does accept worship, as stated in the Quran. 

The sacrificing of animals begins after Eid prayers are concluded. 


Congregational Prayers of Eid

Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayers at the mosque in large congregations. The Eid al-Adha prayer can be done anytime after the sun rises till the time of Zuhr, on the 10th of Dhu al-Hijjah. The prayer may be delayed by force majeure (such as a natural disaster) till Dhu al-Hijjah 11th and subsequently Dhu al-Hijjah 12th. 

Congregational Eid prayers are required. Women's participation in the prayer congregation varies per community. 35 In this the Takbirs appear in both the first and second Raka'ahs. Salat al-Eid is unique to Shia Muslims, because no adhan (call to prayer) or iqama (call) is pronounced for the two Eid prayers. and O After the Salat, the Khutbah is given by the Imam.  

After the prayer and speech is finished, Muslims greet each other and exchange presents and meet with each other on Eid. Many Muslims like to make sure their friends, neighbours, co-workers, and classmates know about their holiday so they can make new acquaintances, too. 
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