Eid ul-Adha, also known as the Greater Eid or the Feast of the Sacrifice, is the time when Muslims come together to celebrate the obedience of the Prophet Ibrahim (as), when he submitted to the will of Allah and offered his son as a sacrifice.Ibrahim’s son Ismail was also completely obedient to the divine command, recognising it to be the will of God. However, Allah in his infinite mercy prevented the sacrifice at the last minute and provided a ram as an alternative offering.
Celebrationd Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid or Eid Ul-Adha)
Eid ul-Adha is celebrated around the world with the sacrifice of cows, sheep, and goats, and the meat is then distributed to the poor and needy, as well as among family and friends. This is known as the Qurbani sacrifice, and allowed Muslims worldwide to follow in the footsteps of the Prophet Ibrahim. Special meals will be shared with loved ones and it’s forbidden to fast on this day. It falls on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic calendar, when an estimated 4 million Muslims make the holy pilgrimage of Hajj to perform ancient rituals that connect them to God and enable them to receive His forgiveness. The Muslim community celebrates the festival through offering special prayers. The community exchanges gifts and greetings. In India, Eid al-Adha is a considered a gazetted holiday. Other names of this festival include Id-ul-Adha, the festival of sacrifice, Id-ul-Zuha and Bakr-Id. The festival is celebrated by wearing new dresses and submitting special prayers. Goats may be offered to the God. The meat is shared among family friends and relatives.
Bakrid is one of the most important festivals for Islamic followers as it marks the supreme sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim or Abraham. As the legend has it, the Prophet was challenged by God to prove his faith in Him and to do that, the Prophet had to sacrifice something that he held very dear to him. The Prophet's steadfast faith in God had prompted him to offer his 13-year-old son, Ismail, for sacrifice. Moved by this willingness of the Prophet to prove his devotion to Him, God had intervened by send the angel Jibra'il or Gabriel to place a goat in the place of Ibrahim's son. From that day onwards, followers of Islam celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing male goats, which are typically divided into three separate portions. These three portions are meant for separate purposes - one part goes to the poor and the needy, the other part goes to the friends and relatives, and the third part is reserved by a family for its own members.
What happens on Eid al-Adha?
Traditionally, Muslims will sacrifice cows, goats, lambs or other animals on the day, and divide the meat - one third is eaten in a feast by family and friends, one third is given to other friends, and one third is donated to the poor and hungry.
What is the difference between Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr?
Eid al-Fitr is entirely different, and marks the end of Ramadan, the holy months that see Muslims fast during daylight hours.Paying zakat, or giving to charity, is a major part of the holiday, but many celebrants also eat a large meal with family and friends to mark the occasion. It is known by some as 'big Eid'.The holiday varies year by year, and its date is determined by the Islamic lunar calendar.Traditionally, Muslims will sacrifice cows, goats, lambs or other animals on the day, and divide the meat - one third is eaten in a feast by family and friends, one third is given to other friends, and one third is donated to the poor and hungry.