What is Eid-al-Adha? why Muslims all over the world celebrate it? Here I am going to share some of the facts of Eid-al-Adha.
One night Hazrat Ibrahim/ Abraham (AS) saw in his dream that his is going to slaughter his beloved son Hazrat Ismail (AS). Firstly he thought that is is one of the tricks of the Devil, but he saw the same dream on the next night. Then he discussed this dream with is Son Hazrat Ismail (AS) that Allah Almighty instructed him to sacrifice you in the name of Allah Almighty.
Hazrat Ismail (AS) his beloved son replied to his father that if it is commanding by Allah Almighty, then you should not wait for a while and you should act upon the command on Allah Almighty.
Then next day Hazrat Abraham (AS) took his son and set off to Mina to sacrifice his beloved son Hazrat Abraham (AS). On the way Devil started lead Abraham astray by disobeying Allah Almighty and not to sacrifice his beloved son, but Hazrat Abraham started to throw the pebbles at Devil.
Commemorating of their rejection to Devil, stone pillars are built in that places and Muslims also through stones at that pillars during Hajj. In fact throwing stones have become one of the rites during Hajj.
Hazrat Abraham (AS) bought his son, Hazrat Ismail (AS) to the top of mount Arafat and covered his eyes with a piece of cloth. Because Hazrat Ismail (AS) was his beloved son and he could not see him sacrificing.
When Hazrat Abraham (AS) pick out knife and rope. Then he tied the legs and hands of his beloved son and started to cut the throat of his beloved son, Allah Almighty stopped him, accepted his sacrifice and sent a sheep to sacrifice instead. Then he slaughter this sheep. Hazrat Abraham (AS) passed the test by his willingness to carry out Allah Almighty’s command or order.
Performing Qurbani or Sacrifice on Eid-al-Adha
Since then, every year, Muslims all around the world celebrate eid-al-Adha on 10th of Dhul Hajj. the last month of the holy calendar, Muslims from around the world perform Qurbani or sacrifice of animals to remember what Ibrahim (AS) did. We use his deed to inspire devotion, obedience, and submission in our own lives. Muslims sacrifice Hilal animals, in memory of Hazrat Abraham (AS) sacrifice.
Every Muslim, who has the means, is to sacrifice an animal in the way of God, after the Eid prayers. At least one-third of the meat can be shared by the family, relatives and neighbours of the owner of the animal.
Due to the firm faith of both father and son, Hazrat Isma’eel (AS) was replaced by a sheep and his life was spared by Allah Almighty. In this story, we must, therefore, remember that Eid-al-Adha is not just a celebration, but the remembrance of one of the greatest sacrifices in history.
How Eid-al-Adha is Celebrated?
The night before the first day of eid is known as Chand RAT. On chand rat many people go towards market to purchase animal for Qurbani, hustle and bustle can be seen in markets, girls buy bangles, jewelry and mehndi to celebrate eid.
On the day of eid a special kind of salah known as Eid Salah is offered by the male Muslims in mosques, after this salah they pray for the happiness, peace and prosperity not only for Muslim Ummah but also for their country.
The most important thing of Eid-al-Adha observances is Qurbani or sacrifice. Muslims who offer Qurbani slaughter animals after Salah or Nimaz-e-Eid in the name of Allah Almighty and to celebrate Hazrat Ibrahim’s attempt to sacrifice his son and his actual sacrifice of a sheep.
During Eid al-Adha, chanting the takbir out loud before the Eid prayers on the first day and after prayers throughout the three days of Eid, are considered essential parts of this important Islamic festival.
The takbir is as follow:
Allahhu akbar, Allhhu akbar
la ilaha illa-Allah
Allah-hu akbar, Allahu akbar
Sharing of meat with others shows the Muslim’s generosity. In this way, the Muslims show practically that they are ready to sacrifice their all for God, for their religion or for the society or the country if it is demanded.
I have explained in detail about the history about Eid-al-Adha or what is Eid-al-Adha? or what is the story behind Eid-al-Adha. Hope it has widen your knowledge about Eid-al-Adha.
Common Eid Greetings
Eid Greetings vary from country to country because of different languages. Some of the common eid greetings in urdu are Eid Mubarak. In english it is Happy Eid Mubarak and wish you a blessed eid.
in Indonesia it is, Selamat Lebaran, which means Happy Eid. In Turkey eid is wished by saying Mutlu Bayramlar.