Eid al-Adha:Islamic Festival of Sacrifice

Eid al-Adha:Islamic Festival of Sacrifice

Eid al-Adha is one of the very important Islamic holiday of the year. Eid-ul-Adha marks the end of Hajj, the sacred pilgrimage to the divine city of Mecca. The hajj to Mecca is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation upon male and female adults whose health and means permit it, or, in the words of the Qur’an, upon “those who can make their way there.” The history of Eid-ul-Adha can be traced back to the story which states that Abraham was instructed by Allah, in a dream, to raise the authority of Kaaba,the most sacred shrine in Mecca.

Eid al-Adha:Islamic Festival of Sacrifice

 

Eid al-Adha is an Islamic occasion to commemorate. The willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah’s (God’s) command to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Muslims around the world observe this event.

The Eid al-Adha (Eid ul-Adha Images) prayer is perform any time after the sun perfectly rises up to just before the entering of Zuhr time, on the 10th of Dhu al-Hijjah. 0In the event of a force majeure (e.g. natural disaster). The prayer may be late to the 11th of Dhu al-Hijjah and then to the 12th of Dhu al-Hijjah.

Each where we turn, our hope is both subtly and overtly belittled. We are continually pressured to adopt Western ways, to assimilate into the so called “more civilized culture.”.  Meanwhile, many well-meaning individuals in the Western world fall victim in their own way to this legacy of colonialism and even more so to the legacy of the Crusades. Even the Christian community felt Jesus to be the last sacrifice, the final lamb. So to speak, in an otherwise valid tradition of animal sacrifice.

The Sacrifice of “Eid al-Adha”

Every year, with the onset of Hajj and its accompanying ‘Id celebration, as well as that of the ‘Id al-Fitr. The issue of animal sacrifice, and subsequently that of meat consumption in the Islamic world, rises to the foreground among Muslims and nonMuslims alike. For many in the Islamic world, this issue is a sensitive one. Still reeling from years of colonialism, every aspect of tradition becomes a rallying point against further Western conquest.

For not only are wars for self determination and basic human rights still being fought by Muslims around the world, in addition to these physical struggles. The struggle for the heart, mind, and soul of each believer within the religion of Islam is a continual battle.

Sacrifice is not a pillar of Islam. Nor is it obligatory during Hajj, its accompanying ‘Id or the ‘Id al-Fitr. This is not to say that it did not or does not happen. However, we must look at the occurrences in a contextual manner, understanding not only the pre-Islamic institution of sacrifice, the Qur’anic reforms concerning this practice, and the continuance of sacrifice in the Muslim world, but also the context in which the Qur’anic revelations occurred. For it seems that with many people, both nonMuslims and Muslims alike, context is the key that they are missing.

Sacrifice

So in this context, one can say that the Qur’an represents the compilation of teachings that came in response to the time and place with which they were dealing. However, getting deeper into the essence of these teachings, we must also take into account that the Qur’an itself refers to those verses as having allegorical meanings behind the apparent literal ones. So in this context, we must acknowledge that the underlying meanings of the verses are applicable to situations outside of those to which the explicit meanings pertain.

With this in mind, let us start with the situation as it was in pre-Islamic Arabia with regard to animal sacrifice. Not only did the pagan Arabs sacrifice to a variety of Gods in hopes of attaining protection or some favor or material gain. ut so, too, did the Jews of that day seek to appease the One True God by blood sacrifice and burnt offerings.

Islam, however, broke away from this longstanding tradition of appeasing an “angry God”. And instead demanded personal sacrifice and submission as the only way to die before death and reach “Fana” or “extinction in Allah.”. The notion of “vicarious atonement of sin” is nowhere to be found in the Qur’an.

Origin 

According to Islamic heritage, the valley of Mecca (in present-day Saudi Arabia) was a dry, rocky, and uninhabited place. God advised Abraham to bring Hagar(Hājar), his Arabian (Adnan) wife. And Ishmael to Arabia from the nation of Canaan.

As Abraham was preparing for his return trip back to Canaan, Hagar ask him, “Did God order you to leave us here? Or are you leaving us here to die?” Abraham did not even look back. He just approve, afraid that he would be too sad and that he would disobey God. Hagar said, “Then God will not destruction us; you can go”. Though Abraham had left a large variety of food and water with Hagar and Ishmael, the supplies immediately ran out. And within a few days the two began to feeling the pangs of hunger and lack.

Hagar ran up and down between two hills, al-Safa and Al-Marwah, seven times, in her determine quest for water disable. She finally exhaust beside her baby Ishmael and pray to God for deliverance. Well, a spring of water spring forth from the earth at the feet of baby Ishmael. Other accounts have the angel Jibra’il, mark the earth and generate the spring to flow in abundance. With this secure water supply, known as the Zamzam Well. They were not only able to contribute for their own needs But were also able to trade water with passing pilgrim for food and supplies.

Eid ul-Adha History

Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى) celebration Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice everything for God, adding his son, Ismael.  God became impressed with Abraham’s sincerity, and gave him a ram to sacrifice instead.  For that reason, Muslims who can more afford to do so also sacrifice an animal on any one of the three days of Eid al-Adha. A third of the food is kept, a third is share with family members, and a third is given away to needy people.

Eid ul-Adha Wishes is a time of sacrifice for Muslims. It is the day after Arafah (9th of Dhul-Hijjah on the Islamic calendar). It begins on the 10th of the month and lasts for three days. This is the second main annual occationb in Islam (the other being: Eidul Fitr).

Eid ul-Adha Facts

    • Unlike regular prayers, prayers for Eid al-Adha(Eid ul-Adha Wishes) takes place in any large, open field. There Muslims from many chapel congregate together. Usually, mosques collaborate together to find a field that is convenient for everyone to go to.  In the United States, Eid prayers often occur in parks.

    • Occasion begin with a prayer service, followed by a brief sermon on the morning of the first day. During the prayer, Muslims recite verses from the Quran, lead by an Imam, prostrate to God, and send their peace to Muhammad and Abraham.

    • Since this occasion  occurs immediately after the Day of Arafah, many of those who go to pilgrimage celebrate it in Mina (Saudi Arabia). Where thousands of animals are slaughtered for sacrifice.

    • It is customary for Muslims perform a ritual body washing shower, called “ghusl,” before walking to the place of prayers. This is in accordance with the tradition of the Prophet Muhammad.

Traditions of Eid Al Adha

Eid al-Adha 2017 concludes the tour to Mecca. Eid al-Adha lasts for three days and remember Ibrahim’s (Abraham) willingness to obey God by sacrificing his son.

The same story appears in the Bible and is familiar to Jews and Christians. One key difference is that Muslims believe the son was Ishmael rather than Isaac as told in the Old Testament.

According to the Quran, Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son. When a voice from heaven stopped him and allowed him to make something else as a ‘great sacrifice’. In the Old Testament, it is a ram that is sacrifice instead of the son.

In Islam, Ishmael is regarded as a prophet and an ancestor of Muhammad.

During the feast of Eid al-Adha 2017, Muslims re-enact Ibrahim’s obedience by sacrificing a cow or ram. The family will eat about a third of the meal a third goes to friends and relatives. The remaining third is donate to the poor and needy.

The giving of charity in the form of money, food or clothes to the homeless or poor is another key tradtion of Eid al-Adha 2017.

What Do People Do?

At Eid al-Adha, many Muslims make a special effort to pray and listen to a sermon at a mosque. They also wear new clothes, visit family members and friends and may symbolically sacrifice an animal in an act known as qurbani. This represents the animal that Ibrahim sacrificed in the place of his son.

In some traditionally Muslim countries, families or groups of families may purchase an animal known as udhiya, usually a goat or sheep, to sacrifice. But this is not common or legal in many parts of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States. In these countries, groups of people may purchase a whole carcass from a butcher or slaughterhouse and divide. It amongst themselves or just buy generous portions of meat for a communal meal on Eid-al-Adha. People also give money to enable poorer members of their local community and around the world to eat a meat-based meal.

When is Eid al-Adha in 2017?

Eid al-Adha in 2017 is on Friday, the 1st of September(1/9/2017).

Note that in the Muslim calander, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day. So observing Muslims will celebrate Eid al-Adha on the sunset of Thursday, the 31st of August.

Although Eid al-Adha is always on the same day of the Islamic calendar. The date on the Gregorian calendar varies from year to year. Since the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar and the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar. This difference means Eid al-Adha moves in the Gregorian calendar approximately 11 days every year. The date of Eid al-Adha may also vary from country to country depending on whether the moon has been sighted or not.

The dates provided here are based on the dates adopted by the Fiqh Council of North America for the celebration of Eid al-Adha. Note that these dates are based on astronomical calculations to affirm each date. And not on the actual sighting of the moon with the naked eyes. This approach is accepted by many, but is still being hotly debated.

What is Eid al-Adha?

Muslims are celebrating Eid al-Adha today, one of the two most important festivals in the Muslim calendar.

Eid al-Adha, or “Festival of Sacrifice”, is celebrate by Muslims to mark the occasion when Allah (God) appeared to Ibrahim in a dream and ask him to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, to demonstrate his devotion to the Almighty.

Ignoring the advice of the Devil, who tried to tempt Ibrahim into disobeying God by saying he should spare Ishmael. Ibrahim was about to press ahead with the sacrifice when Allah stopped him and gave him a lamb to kill instead.

The story is designed to demonstrate how Ibrahim’s devotion passed even the sternest test. And is told in similar fashion in the Jewish Torah and Christian Old Testament. Where God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac.

Today the story is commemorated on Eid by the sacrifice of a sheep. Or sometimes a goat, although in Britain the animal must be killed at a slaughterhouse. The day is a public holiday in Muslim countries, and the festival’s Arabic title has connotations of a period of rejoicing that comes back time and again.

Eid al-Adha is not to be confuse with the other major festival, Eid al-Fitr. Or festival of breaking of the fast, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The Hajj ending in Eid-ul-AdhaEid al-Adha:Islamic Festival of Sacrifice

Ebrahim Al Jarwan, an astronomy expert and general supervisor at Sharjah Planetarium, has already made his calculations, and predicts that this year’s Eid Al Adha will fall on Friday, September 1, 2017.

The Eid celebrations will last for three days, giving residents a three-day break from work.  

Al Jarwan explained that the Islamic month of Dhu Al Hijja 1438 will start on Wednesday, August 23. Which means that Arafat Waqfa Day will fall on Thursday, August 31.

Arafat Day takes places on the ninth of the month.

Happy Eid Al Adha Mubarak 2017 Quotes

As you offer your prayers on Eid, I hope that the true spirit of this auspicious occasion fills your heart with happiness and good cheer. Eid Mubarak!

Wishing that Allah accepts your good deeds and sacrifices, alleviates your sufferings,
and forgives your transgressions. Wishing you joy and prosperity on Eid.

Wishing that Allah brings you treasured moments of happiness and joy on the festive occasion. Have a blessed Eid!

May the day delight and the moments measure all the special joys for all of you to treasure. May the year ahead be fruitful too, for your home and family and especially for you. Happy Eid Mubarak To You!

May this bring lots of happiness in your life and may you celebrate it with all your close friends and may it fill your heart with love.

Eid Al Adha Mubarak Wishes

ദുരെ എവിടെയോ തെക്ബീർ മോഹിയുടെ ഇസൽ കാതോര്ത്ത് ഇരിക്കുന്ന എന്റെ ഉമ്മച്ചി കുട്ടിക്ക്

ഇക്കാന്റെ ഈദ്‌ മുബാറക്

E – Embrace with open heart
I – Inspire with impressive attitude
D – Distribute pleasure to all

“ज़िन्दगी तब बेहतर होती है जब हम खुश होते हैं, लेकिन यकीन करो ज़िन्दगी तब बेहतरीन हो जाती है जब हमारी वजह से सब खुश होते हैं ।ईद मुबारक 2017!”

”अगर हमारे वजह से कोई भूल चूक, गिबत चूगल ओर कोई नाराजगी हुए हो तो हमे सबेबरात से पहले माफ कर देना मेने भी हर एक को माफ कर दिया. अल्लाह क़बूल करे ।
ईद मुबारक 2017!”

“तू मेरी दुआओं में शामिल है, इस तरह फूलों में होती है खुशबु जिस तरह अल्लाह तुम्हारी जिंदगी में इतनी खुशियाँ दे ज़मीन पर होती है, बारिश जिस तरह ।! ”

“सूरज की किरणें तारों की बहार चाँद की चाँदनी अपनों का प्यार हर घड़ी हो ख़ुशहाल उसी तरह मुबारक हो आपको ईद का त्योंहार । ”

“ए ईद तुम जब भी आना सबके लिए बस खुशियाँ लाना हर चेहरे पर हंसी सजाना हर आँगन में फूल खिलाना जो रोये हैं उन्हें हँसाना जो बिछड़े हैं, उन्हें मिलाना प्यारी ईद तुम जब भी आना सबके लिए बस खुशियाँ लाना।
ईद मुबारक!”

“आज खुदा की हम पर हो मेहरबानी करदे माफ़ हम लोगो की सारी नाफ़रमानी ईद का दिन आज आओ मिलकर करें यही वादा खुदा की ही राहों में हम चलेंगे सदा यही है हमारा वादा।
ईद मुबारक!”

 

 

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