Millions of Muslims around the world will be celebrating Eid al-Adha this week.
Eid-ul-Adha lies on different date each year as it follows the Islamic lunar calendar and not the international Gregorian calendar.
Every year, around 2 million Muslims from around the world converge on Mecca, They dress-up in white clothes called Ihram,which is the act of converging and especially moving toward union or uniformity that every one is equal for Allah SWT.
What is Eid al-Adha?
Eid al-Adha which is also called as the “Festival of Sacrifice”, is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year .
It honors the willingness of Hazrat Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act to show obedience towards God’s command. Before Abraham sacrificed his son, God provided a male goat to sacrifice instead.
After this event, the Muslims were directed to observe Eid-ul Adha in which an animal is sacrificed and divided into three parts: one-third of the share is given to the poor and needy; another third is given to relatives, friends, and neighbours, and the remaining third is retained by the family.
On Bakra Eid, (Eid al-Adha) all the Muslim countries announces public holiday.
Eid al-Adha is known as the festival of sacrifice and the special occasion includes prayers, greetings, and gifts of various kinds.
Muslims celebrate the occasion when Allah asked Hazrat Ibrahim in his dream to sacrifice his son Hazrat Ismail as an act to show obedience towards Allah.
, Iblees tried to manipulate Hazrat Ibrahim so that he could refrain from sacrificing his son.
However, the moment when Hazrat Ibrahim was about to sacrifice Hazrat Ismail, Allah stopped him and gave him a lamb instead and praised him for his obedience.
Eid al-Adha commences with Eid prayers at the mosque, thanking Allah for the blessings they have received.
It is also mandatory for Muslims who can afford, to give an amount to charity, so less fortunate people can afford to celebrate as well.
Muslims greet each other and says “Eid Mubarak” which means “blessed Eid”.