Eid al-Adha Joy: Ideas for Exchanging Gifts and Spreading Happiness

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How to celebrate Eid al Adha?

Eid al-Adha—the festival of sacrifice and feasting—is being prepared by millions of Muslims worldwide.

Eid al-Adha, the “Feast of the Sacrifice,” is the second-most important Islamic holiday. Muslim families worldwide celebrate Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah with gifts and feasting for three days. The Hajj, one of Islam’s five pillars, concludes on the day. All non-disabled Muslims must perform Hajj once.

What is Eid al-Adha? How do people celebrate it?

After years of yearning for a child, Ibrahim (Abraham in the Bible) and Hagar had a son, according to the Quran. Allah asked Ibrahim to sacrifice his son in devotion. The pair offered in Mecca, following the Hajj path. Allah instructed Ibrahim to stop at the last minute and gave him a ram to sacrifice.

Muslims sacrifice a sheep, goat, cow, or camel on Eid al-Adha to honor Ibrahim’s faith. To prevent disease transmission, Egypt is tightening down on street sacrifices.

Eid-ul-Adha occurs on the tenth day of Dhu-al-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar. After the yearly Holy Pilgrimage of Hajj, one of Islam’s Five Pillars, Muslims who meet specific qualifications must see the moon to celebrate.

Eid-ul-Adha commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s love for Allah SWT and willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail. Allah SWT substituted a ram for Ismail. This command tested Prophet Ibrahim’s dedication to obeying his Lord without question. Eid-ul-Adha implies sacrifice.

Eid-ul-Adha celebrations vary by country. Eid Salaah (Eid Prayers) are held in congregation in the nearby Mosque on Eid morning, followed by Qurbani (sacrifice).

Qurbani commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice for Allah SWT by sacrificing an animal. This is Udhiya. The 10th through 12th of Dhu-al-Hijjah are animal sacrifice days.

The sacrificed animal must be a sheep, lamb, goat, cow, bull, or camel. A sheep, lamb, or goat has one Qurbani share, while a bull, cow, or camel has seven. In Islamic “halal” slaughter, the animal must be healthy and over a specific age.

Each share of Qurbani meat can be divided into three equal portions: one for you and your family, one for friends, and one for people in need.

Family, friends, and loved ones celebrate with new or excellent clothes and gifts.

Everyone must contribute a portion of the sacrifice. A large family might choose a cow or camel over a goat because both animals have seven pieces. Then families split the meat to share. Non-sacrificers buy halal meat and donate money.

Muslims call it their Christmas and Thanksgiving. Today they feed everyone. At the sacrifice, the animal faces Mecca, and the head of the family or another chosen person grabs a sharp knife, says bismillah (in the name of God), and quickly cuts the animal’s throat. The animal must suffer no further pain.

Salat al-Eid and a khutbah start Eid al-Adha. Traditional sacrifice follows. Visits to friends and relatives fill the day. Worshippers say “Eid Mubarak” and exchange gifts.

Eid al-Adha is about eating with loved ones. Kebabs, biryani, and curries are popular meat-based foods throughout cultures. Haleem, a thick mutton stew, is another favorite meal.

What differentiates Eid al-Adha from Eid al-Fitr?

Eid al-Fitr is not Eid al-Adha. They share the greeting “Eid Mubarak,” henna, and new outfits, but that’s it.

Eid al-Fitr precedes Eid al-Adha, the “Greater Eid,” by two months. The former ends Ramadan, a month of fasting from dawn to nightfall. This time emphasizes generosity (Zakat).

Eid al-Fitr, known as “Sweet Eid,” is celebrated with many desserts and sweets, unlike Eid al-Adha. South Asian households serve Lachha Seviyan, vermicelli cooked in sweetened milk and garnished with dried fruits.

Five Eid al-Adha facts:

Origins 

Muslims believe God tested Ibrahim (Abraham) by making him sacrifice his firstborn son, Ismail (Ishmail).

Ibrahim was ready to obey, but God intervened. He was ordered to sacrifice a lamb or sheep.

The Torah and Old Testament tell a similar story.

Hajj ends

Hajj, a five-day pilgrimage required of all non-disabled and financially capable Muslims, ends with the event. The trip purifies the soul and promotes equality, brotherhood, and sisterhood.

2.5 million pilgrims worldwide visit Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia for the ceremony.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Saudi Arabia scheduled a “very limited” Hajj for 10,000 Saudis this year.

Eid prayer

Most Muslims start Eid with extra morning prayers.

Large crowds gather outside mosques.

This year, mosques will limit attendance, and many countries will ban large congregations to prevent coronavirus spread.

Animal sacrifice

Muslims who can afford it sacrifice a goat, sheep, cow, or camel.

In many Muslim countries, Eid livestock shops sell animals for sacrifice.

During the coronavirus pandemic, India and Bangladesh have launched applications and websites to sell animals online.

Meat distribution

The individual paying for the animal sacrifice must donate part of it.

The individual sacrificing the animal, their immediate family, extended family and friends, and those in need share the meat. 

Some Muslims donate the value of an animal to one of several Muslim charities that raise funds for small animal sacrifices and distribute the meat to refugees, the elderly, and crippled persons.

How many Eids are there in total?

A Muslim Council of Britain representative told The Independent that Eid al-Adha is one of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide.

“Millions of people perform the Hajj.”

Muslims break their Ramadan fast on Eid-al-Fitr, also known as Lesser Eid.  

What does Eid al-Adha commemorate?

According to Islamic tradition, Allah ordered Ibrahim (Abraham to Christians and Jews) to sacrifice his son Ismail to test his loyalty. Ibrahim obeyed Allah despite his affection for the boy. 

At the last minute, Allah urges Ibrahim to spare the child and sacrifice something else. Muslims offer an animal on Eid al-Adha to honor Ibrahim’s submission to God.

The Bible has a similar story so that non-Muslims may recognize it. In contrast to Jewish and Christian tradition, Muslim scholars usually identify the son in question as Ishmael, Abraham’s son by his concubine Hagar. 

Ibrahim tells Ishmael about Allah’s instruction in the Islamic account, although Abraham did not tell Isaac. According to the Koran, Ishmael accepts his fate and advises his father to follow Allah.

Thus, Eid al-Adha honors parents and sons for their loyalty to God.

When is the Greater Eid this year?

Eid al-Adha begins on July 20 and lasts three days in the UK this year.

How is Great Eid celebrated?

Qurbani, prayers, and family gatherings mark Eid al-Adha in Muslim countries. After morning prayers, family and friends visit and exchange food and presents. Muslims greet one other with “Eid Mubarak” (Blessed Eid) or one of the numerous regional versions.

As a sign of Ibrahim’s sacrifice to Allah, worshippers may slaughter a sheep or goat at Greater Eid. 

All sacrificeable animals must meet specific criteria. Minimum age and health requirements apply.

“Qurbani is the most important sacrifice of the year for Muslims,” said Moulana Yunus Dudhwala of the UK Halal Monitoring Committee. “Abattoirs and butchers must remain vigilant and responsible in ensuring all Qurbani laws are followed, so this important spiritual day is not ruined by intentional or unintentional wrongdoing.”

Egypt has recently tried to ban street animal sacrifice, which is popular in Muslim countries. Authorities stated leaving the animal remains promotes infections and is “impure” under the Koran.

“Islam is a religion of civilization, cleanliness, and beauty – this religion never called for an action that would hurt other people and harm the public interest,” an advisor to Egypt’s Grand Mufti remarked before last Adha, according to Egypt Today.

The International Business Times claims Pakistan slaughters approximately 10 million animals on Eid. In Britain, sacrificing a sheep requires humane slaughter.

Believers must feed people experiencing poverty. Meat is traditionally divided into three equal parts: one for the home, one for family, friends, and neighbors, and one for people in need. Muslims should donate to charity during the holiday.

What happens during the Hajj?

The Hajj, a trip to Mecca, is central to Islam. The Koran requires Muslims who can afford it to visit Saudi Arabia at least once.

At least two million Muslims visit the Kaaba, erected by Ibrahim, and pray to Allah. Hajj performed adequately and “will return as a newly born baby [free of all sins],” according to Muhammad.

The Washington Post writes that this year, Saudi authorities have limited the once-in-a-lifetime encounter to 60,000 pilgrims already in the country due to the coronavirus. Last year, the Hajj was restricted to 10,000 locals to maintain social distancing.

“Some hoped the hajj would be fully reopened this year due to widespread vaccination campaigns around the world, but Saudi authorities decided to limit the numbers for pilgrim safety again,” the Washington Post reported.

Pilgrims fly to Jeddah and take a bus to Mecca for Umrah and Hajj. Pilgrims must pray, repent, and “stone the devil” for several days in ihram.

Pre-Covid times, modern transportation allowed millions of believers to do their religious duty, making the 21st-century Hajj a stunning spectacle but a nightmare for Saudi authorities trying to keep two million pilgrims safe. In 2015, a bottleneck killed over 2,000 Hajj pilgrims.

After the catastrophe, the Saudi authorities increased security and installed thousands of CCTV cameras to watch crowds.

Conclusion

A special prayer known as “Salat al-Eid” is said at the beginning of the celebration of Eid al-Adha. This is followed by a sermon known as a “khutbah.” After this, the sacrifice will often take place as it has in the past. The remainder of the day will be spent going to the homes of other friends and family members. Weirdnewsera that you might not find any other platform which gives you all content about health sports business technology and entertainment.

FAQs

How can you celebrate Eid al-Adha?

Eid al-Adha is a joyful celebration that involves donning new clothes, exchanging gifts, taking time off work or school, and uniting with family for Thanksgiving feasts.

Why do people enjoy Eid?

Official and informal gatherings, gifts, new attire, and trips to relatives’ graves mark Eid al-Fitr.

What are Eid al-Adha traditions?

Qurbani—sacrificing a sheep, goat, or cow—is a major Eid al-Adha celebration. Islamic law requires the animal to be adult and healthy, and British law requires it to be slaughtered in a licensed facility.

How is Eid observed throughout Pakistan?

Family reunions, food, and philanthropy are common. Muslims buy new clothes, gifts, and food to celebrate Eid al-Fitr with family and friends.