Eid al Adha
At the conclusion of the pilgrimage to Mecca. The Islamic celebration of Eid al-Adha is observed by devotees of the faith all over the globe on the tenth day of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah.
In Islam, there are two major festivals that are observed, with Eid ul Adha being the second and greater of the two (the other being Eid al-Fitr). It is a memorial of Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) commitment to carry out the order of Allah. By sacrificing his son Ismail (Ishmael), and it is done so in honor of Ibrahim. In response to Ibrahim’s desire to offer his own son as a sacrifice in the name of Allah. Allah presented him with a lamb that was to be slaughtered in exchange for his son. This occurred before Ibrahim was able to offer his son as a sacrifice.
Why do Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha?
Each year, Muslims from all over the globe make the pilgrimage to Mecca to conduct the Hajj. A ritual during which they reflect on and celebrate the life and tribulations of Prophet Ibrahim A.S., as described in the Quran.
“Surely Abraham was an example, obedient to Allah, by nature upright, and he was not of the polytheists. He was grateful for Our bounties. We chose him and guided him on the right path. We gave him good in this world, and in the next, he will most surely be among the righteous.”
When Allah SWT commanded Hazrat Ibrahim to slaughter his own son, it was a severe test of his faith. Both he and his son were prepared to comply with Allah’s plan and sacrifice themselves in order to satisfy the Almighty.
Hazrat Ibrahim was going to slaughter his son in a sacred ritual when Allah SWT intervened and substituted a lamb for the boy. Hazrat Ibrahim a.s. was given confirmation from Allah that the sacrifice he made was acceptable.
Why do Muslims sacrifice animals on this day?
The purpose of the celebration of Eid al-Adha is to recall the hardships endured by Hazrat Ibrahim A.S. Because Hazrat Ibrahim A.S. was willing to sacrifice his own son. Allah SWT expects his followers to make sacrifices for Him on this day of celebration.
In the name of Allah SWT, Muslims are required to sacrifice a sheep, camel, cow, or goat. One-third of the sacrificed animal’s flesh is given to those in need. Another third is given to friends and relatives, and the remaining third is consumed at home.
This demonstrates the multifaceted nature of the Eid sacrifice. Such as the provision of meat to those who might otherwise go without it. In addition, it benefits the cattle business, since the majority of workers are poor.
It’s a sign that we’re ready to sacrifice for the sake of our faith in Allah SWT and the development of our spiritual selves. It also reminds us that Allah SWT is the source of all good things and that we need to freely give these things to those in need.