One of the major festivals of Islam is Eid-al-adha, also known Bakr-eid, the Greater Eid(Kurban Bayram), Eid-e-Kurban. It is the second of two major Eid holidays and the festival begins according to the lunar-based Islamic Calender.Here are 10 things you would want to know about Eid-ul-Adha.
1.Eid-al-adha-a festival of sacrifice. When traced back to the historical roots of the festival it narrates a scarifice Abraham made when asked for his only son. Though the command was merely to test his devotion and he didn’t have to sacrifice his son and instead was asked to sacrifice a sheep. The day is celebrated to commemorate his unprecedented devotion towards God.
2. It is a 2-4 day festival beginning on the 10th of Dhu-al-hija, 12th month of the islamic year and concludes on the 13th day of Dhu-al-hija, marking the end of Annual Hajj to Mecca,one of the five pillars of Islam.
3. Before the festival begins the Sunnah prayer of two Rakats is recited followed by a serman called Khutbah.
4. ‘Tusmiya’ is recited before sacrificing the sheep and it is made certain that the sheep is in good health. While slaughtering the sheep it is made sure that she meets Islamic standards and it is mandatory to ‘halal’ the meet.
5. The meat is divided into three equal portions;one-third of which is kept for family, the other one-third for relatives,friends and neighbours and the last portion is given away to those in need. The idea is to make sure no person is left without meat at the table on this day.
6.The scarificed animal is called ‘Uddiyah’ which means ‘the Sacrificed’ in Arabic. Mostly the liver is served as the breakfast and rest of the meat constitutes as lunch and dinner.
7. It is made customary to give away gifts and visit family,friends and relatives. Older members of the family usually give money to the younger ones on the occassion.
8.Many muslims travel to Mecca for the Hajj pilgrimage and Eid begins the day pilgrims descend from Mount Arafat.
9. On the commencing day of Eid, Muslims attend prayers at local Mosques and it has been suggested that they should prefer to take a different route back home than the one they took while going to the Mosque.
10. During Eid and the preceding days Muslims chant the Takbir,which conveys ‘God is the Greatest’ praying to show faith in Allah.
-By CJ Amaya
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