What is Eid and when is it celebrated?

2018-08-23 06:00
Eid ul-Adha willbegin on the evening of August 21.PHOTO: Sourced

Eid ul-Adha willbegin on the evening of August 21.PHOTO: Sourced

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EID ul-Adha isl known as the festival of sacrifice and the special occasion includes prayers, greetings and gifts of various kinds. The holiday celebrates the occasion when Allah came to Ibrahim in a dream, and asked him to sacrifice his son Isma’il as an act of obedience to God.

Ibrahim was tempted by the devil, saying he should spare his son.

But as he was about to sacrifice Isma’il, Allah stopped him and gave him a lamb instead, praising him for his obedience.

Today, those who can afford it sacrifice a sheep or a goat to celebrate Eid Al-Adha as a reminder of the story.

Eid ul-Adha usually starts with prayers at the mosque, thanking Allah for the blessings they have received.

Here, they also exchange the greeting “Eid Mubarak” which means “blessed Eid”.

It is also mandatory for people with money to give an amount to charity, so less-fortunate people can afford to celebrate as well. Bakra Eid also marks the end of Hajj, a pilgrimage that takes Muslims to the Grand Mosque in Mecca.

Approximately two million Muslims makes the five-day religion journey every year.

The event expects Muslims to pray, dress in their best clothes and give gifts to others, but it is first and foremost a special occasion to celebrate with friends and family.

— https://www.express.co.uk


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