One of the most significant occasions in the Muslim calendar is Eid ul-Adha, often known as the “Festival of Sacrifice.”

The celebration honors the prophet Ibrahim’s readiness to offer his son as a sacrifice when instructed by God or Allah.

In Muslim nations, Eid ul-Adha is observed as a public holiday; in many jurisdictions with several religions, it is a state holiday.

What is the history behind Eid ul-Adha?

Eid ul-Adha celebrates the day that Abraham or Prophet Ibrahim AS kept having a recurring dream of slaughtering his beloved son, Ismael, to fulfill the wishes of God.

Ibrahim spoke to his son regarding this dream, explaining to him how God wanted him to make the sacrifice, and Ismael, who was just as much a man of God, agreed with his father and asked him to comply with the wishes of Allah.

Shaitan (the devil) tempted Ibrahim and tried to dissuade him from making the sacrifice but he ignored it and even pelted it with stones.

Allah saw Ibrahim’s absolute devotion and sent Jibreel (Angel Gabriel), the Archangel, bearing a sheep for slaughter.

Jibreel told Ibrahim that God was pleased with his devotion to him and sent the sheep to be slaughtered in place of his son.

Ever since then, cattle sacrifice is a major part of Eid-ul-Adha celebrations which not only commemorate Prophet Ibrahim and Ismael’s love for Allah but also show that one is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice of what they love dearly, for the sake of Allah.

How is Eid celebrated?

Muslims offer sacrifices of lambs or goats in several nations. The meat is shared among the impoverished, friends, and family.

Muslims typically begin Eid by praying in the mosque. They put on their finest attire and give thanks to Allah for all of their blessings. They go visit friends and family throughout this period.

Muslims will also donate money to charitable causes so that the underprivileged can also celebrate.

What Is The Significance of Celebrating Eid al-Adha?

Eid al-Adha is seen as more than an act of sacrifice. It is the celebration of Ibrahim and Ismael’s love for Allah and the sacrifice is only meant as a gesture that shows that one is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for Allah.

It is the sacrifice of what one loves the most for God hence, in commemoration of the sheep sent by Allah through Jibreel (Angel Gabriel), Muslims across the globe sacrifice a goat or sheep in the spirit of sacrifice.

The food that is cooked from the sacrifice must be divided into three equal portions, with one portion going to the family, the second to relatives, and the third to the underprivileged and needy.

It is thought that although neither the flesh nor the blood reach Allah, his people’s devotion does.


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