Eid ul Adha: The Festival of Sacrifice

The Quran Learning USA highlighted that Islam has two major occasions

  • Eid ul Fitr (Post-Fasting Festival).
  • Eid ul Adha.
  • The Quran Learning USA says many Muslims in the United States perceive Eid ul Adha also recognized as every year the feast of sacrifice. The Quran Teachers Online says Eid ul Adha is celebrated around the 10th to 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hajja. The Quran Learning USA explains the meaning of the word Eid, an Arabic word, whose root connotation is ‘that comes back, time after time, and the time for rejoicing’. Eid ul Adha also known as Eid Qurban

    Why This Festival Commemorates:

  • The Quran Learning USA explains that the reason why this occasion is celebrated, is in the memorization of Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his most precious son in front of God.
  • The Quran Learning USA also highlights this event also marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

  • The Quran Learning USA further explained that Ibrahim(A.S) was Prophet of Allah (SWT).He saw a dream of sacrificing his son Ismael (A.S).Now, Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) had to choose between his love for Allah (SWT) which was very robust and likewise the love for his son which was also very strong. Prophet Ibrahim transported his dream to his son and Prophet Ismael replied “my father do as you are commanded, I will remain patient”. Allah (SWT) accepted the sacrifice of both father & son’s patience, loyalty, obedience. Then Allah (SWT) ordered a sheep that was to be sacrificed instead of Ismael (A.S) and that’s why Eid ul Adha is renowned. The Quran Learning USA explained this festival begins with morning prayers in the mosque and at home then followed by religious Qurbanis. The Quran Teachers Online says that the sacrificial animal must be a sheep, lamb, goat, cow, bull or camel comprising seven shares per animal. The Quran Learning USA highlighted that in a halal Islamic way the animal which is to be slaughtered is essential to be in good health and reach a certain age.

    The Quran Learning USA quoted the messenger of Allah saying:

    “There is no day more honorable in Allah’s sight and no acts more beloved therein to Allah than those in these ten days.So say tahlil (There is no deity worthy of worship but Allah Laa ilaaha illallaah),takbir (Allah is the greatest Allahhu Akbar) and tahmid (All praise is due to Allah :alhumdulillah) a lot on those days.

    The Quran Learning USA says that Allah likes the ibaadah of Muslims in last ten days of Eid ul Adha:

    “No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these days”. The Quran Learning USA highlights the importance of ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.

    What do Muslims do on Eid-ul-Adha:

    The Quran Learning USA enlighten the obligations of Muslims on Eid ul Adha.

  • First obligation is to perform Eid prayer in a mosque.
  • Sacrifice Animals.
  • Meat is divided into three portions, distributing one part of the meat to the poor and among the needy one. Other parts of the meat are given to the relatives and the last part for ourselves.
  • Give Charity.
  • If you can afford then at least once perform hajj before eid.