The Islamic Calendar blesses Muslims with two Eids every year. The first being Eid-ul-Fitr which is celebrated after the Holy Month of Ramadan and the second Eid al-Adha which signifies Pilgrimage or Hajj. Eid al-Adha is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice. Below are some important facts regarding this religious occasion.
The Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha is in honor of and to commemorate the willingness of Hazrat Abraham to sacrifice his son Hazrat Ismail on Allah’s orders. At the very last second, Allah provided Hazrat Abraham with a sheep to sacrifice at the last second instead.
Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated at the end of Hajj. This takes place on the 10th of Dhul Hujj, according to the Islamic Calendar.
Aforementioned Eid al-Adha is the latter of two Eid celebrations, the first being Eid-ul-Fitr
Muslims perform a special Eid prayer during the first day of Eid – known as Salat ul-Eid
During Eid al-Adha all Muslim men, women and children purify themselves and dress in their finest clothes.
Sacrifice or Qurbani of a halal animal is mandatory for those who can afford it — and donate the meat to neighbors and those who are less fortunate.
By Islamic Laws the meat is divided into 3 parts – the family keeps one third; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the last part is given to those in need.
The animal sacrificed has to meet certain laws – for example it has to be a certain age
The idea is that no person should be deprived of meat during Eid al-Adha. It signifies sacrifice and instills the spirit of giving to the less fortunate. EID MUBARAK to you all. :)