Millions of Muslims across the globe are celebrating Eid al-Adha, one of Islam’s most anticipated celebrations. It is known as the Feast of Sacrifice and is one of the two major religious festivals of Islam. The other, Eid al-Fitr, occurs at the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.
Eid al Adha commemorates the Quranic story that describes Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion to God and his willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to Allah. Before he could carry out the sacrifice, Allah provided a ram as an offering instead.
Muslims celebrate Eid al Adha, Arabic for “sacrifice,” by slaughtering livestock and distributing the meat to the poor, as a symbol of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son. Observers are also required to make charitable donations.
Eid al Adha marks the climax of Hajj, the sacred journey to Mecca undertaken by more than two million Muslims each year. It is one of the five pillars of Islam, and should be completed by every able bodied and financially capable Muslim.
Eid al Adha and Eid al Fitr are times of celebration and happiness, it is not just another normal day. We should put on our best clothes, go to the mosque, pray and thank Allah for his endless bounties and celebrate! Make your families feel special, come together to feast and have a good time we need to revive the culture of celebrating Eid the way it should be.
Eid Mubarak to you all!
May Allah swt reward us all.
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