Come join me and my family as I take you through a special blog post week, showing you how and why we celebrate Eid-Ul-Adha also known as Bakri Eid ☺
In this first post I will try to explain what Eid-Ul-Adha (pronounced as eed-ul-aa-da) is and the importance of the festival. (Right thinking cap at the ready! ;))
What is Eid-Ul-Adha?
Eid-Ul-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) also known as the greater Eid, is the second most important festival of the Muslim calendar.
The festival remembers the Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) willingness to sacrifice his son when god ordered him to.
The story of Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) sacrifice Eid-Ul-Adha celebrates the occasion when Allah (SWT) appeared to Ibrahim (AS) in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son Isma’il as an act of obedience to god.
The devil tempted Ibrahim (AS) by saying he should disobey Allah (SWT) and spare his son. As Ibrahim (AS) was about to kill his son, Allah (SWT) stopped him and gave him a lamb to sacrifice instead.
The story is also found in the Jewish Torah and the Christian Old Testament (Genesis 22) Here god asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Issac, his son with Sarah. Isma’il was his son with Hagar.
The pilgrimage – Hajj
Hajj is a pilgrimage to Makkah. It is the Fifth pillar of Islam and therefore a very important part of the Islamic faith.
All able Muslims should make the visit to Makka in Saudia Arabia, at least once in their lifetime. Every year at least 2 million Muslims from all over the world visit Makkah!
They stand before the Kabba, a shrine built by Ibrahim (AS), praising Allah (SWT) together.
The Pilgrims (we call them Hajjis) wear simple white clothes called Ihram which promotes the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood, by showing everyone that they are all equal in the eyes of Allah.
During Hajj the pilgrims perform acts of worship whilst at the same time renewing their faith and sense of purpose in the world.
These two practices mentioned above are very important factors of Eid-Ul-Adha. They define the celebration and why we celebrate Eid-Ul-Adha.
In Muslim countries Eid-Ul-Adha is a public holiday. Today Muslims all over the world offer a sacrifice (if they can afford it) as a reminder of Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) obedience and patience to Allah (SWT)
The sacrificed meat is then shared out to family and friends. Or is distributed amongst the poor.
Giving charity to the needy and poor is a another pillar of Islam and this practice is reinforced on Eid-Ul-Adha.
Eid usually starts with prayers at the mosque, dressing in your best clothes, gifts, visiting family and friends. Also not forgetting to thank Allah (SWT) for all our blessings and happiness 🙂
I have tried to explain Eid-Ul-Adha as best as I could guys, apologies of any mix ups. Hope this helps 🙂 as I wanted to share the importance of the day with you and make you feel part of my community Eid-Ul-Adha will be celebrated on 24/9/2015 in the United Kingdom.
Do you have any special festivals? If yes, why not share them down below?!
Join me in tomorrow’s blog post as I show you a glimpse of my Eid outfit and accessories 😉
Happy Reading X