In less than 48 hours, all the Muslims around the world will be celebrating Eid ul Adha (aidil adha), the second of the 2 major Muslim holy festivals (the other is Eid ul Fitr). Eid ul Adha which is observed after the conclusion of the Hajj, falls on the 10th day of Zulhijjah (Duhl-hijja), which is the last month of the Muslim calendar.
The significance of celebrating Eid ul adha which also means the Feast of Sacrifice or Day of Sacrifice is in commemoration of the command give by Allah to Prophet Abraham (Nabi Ibrahim) to sacrifice his first born son Ishmael (Nabi Ismail) to Him. The fulfillment of this noble command of Allah by Abraham signifies his faith in Allah.
This story of Nabi Ibrahim (Prophet Abraham) who had been blessed with 2 sons; Nabi Ismail and Nabi Ishaaq (Ishak) started with a dream. In his dream, Almighty Allah told him to sacrifice Prophet Ishmael who was at that time was 7 years old to show how much he loves Allah s.w.t. When he told Ishamel about the dream, Ishmael said;
“O my father, do as Allah has ordered you. Insya-Allah, you will find that I am patient and truthful to Allah.”
After that, Prophet Abraham took his son to an open ground and after placing a sharp knife on his son’s throat, he closed his eyes. After he opened his eyes, he was so shocked to find that there was a ram in his son’s place. Allah had put a ram in the place of Prophet Ishmael because He knew Prophet Abraham loved Him and He was just testing Prophet Abraham. Thus, Muslims celebrate Eid ul Adha every year to remember this great sacrifice made by Prophet Abraham as well as reminding ourselves that we should obey Almighty Allah s.w.t even though it means to give up thing which we love and only in that way we can embrace Allah’s love.
The activies done during Eid ul Adha is nothing much different from Eid ul fitr. The day starts with a session of congregational prayers which is then followed by a short sermon, after which everyone socializes. The only different is that on eid ul adha, some of the Muslims, who can afford to do so, will offer some domestics animals, usually cow and goat, as a symbol of Abraham’s( Ibrahim’s ) sacrifice. One third of the meat is given to the poor and the rest is shared among the family, relatives and friends.
Happy eid ul adha, people~ 😀