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Eid al-Adha will take place this year on July 9, 2022. It is the second and last holiday of the Islamic lunar calendar. Of the two major Muslim holidays, Eid al-Adha is the most important, which is why it is sometimes called “The big feast.”
During the first of the two holidays, Eid al-Fitrmarks the end of Ramadan, Eid al-Adha marks the end of Hajj.
Similar to Ramadan Hajj is a pillar of Islam – it is the last of the five pillars. Hajj is an annual pilgrimage to Makkah (or Makkah) and the surrounding cities. Every healthy adult Muslim who can afford to travel is obligated to perform Hajj once in their lifetime. The Hajj Journey symbolically follows in the footsteps of Prophet Abraham, Hagar and their son Ismail, peace be upon them.
Although the Hajj pilgrimage occurs in only one specific geographical location, Eid al-Adha is celebrated by Muslims worldwide. In this article we will explain to you what Eid al-Adha means, its meaning and how it is celebrated.
What does Eid al Adha mean?
Eid al-Adha means “Festival of Sacrifice.” To break down each word of the Arabic name, oath means “festival” (or holiday in modern language); Al is a grammatical particle meaning “of” in this context; and Adha means “sacrifice”.
What is the meaning of Eid al-Adha?
The meaning of Eid al-Adha is that it commemorates the faith of the prophets Abraham, Hagar and Ismail in God.
Islam teaches that our life on earth is a test of our faith in God – and we will find out how we fared on the test after death on the Day of Judgment. The tests are administered in accordance with a person’s ability and level of knowledge. The purpose of these tests is to elevate the rank of the individual so that they will eventually come to truly know God, the Creator to whom we belong and to whom we return.
After being tested by God many times, Prophet Abraham reached a position where he knew exactly how Well god is In keeping with Prophet Abraham’s ability, his next test was an even more powerful one: sacrificing Ismail, his son with Hagar.
As recited in the Quran:
When the boy reached old age to work with him, Abraham said, “O my dear son! I saw in a dream that I [must] sacrifice yourself So tell me what you think.” He replied: “O my dear father! Do as you are commanded. God willing you will find me steadfast.”
Then when they submitted [to God’s Will]and Abraham laid him sideways on his forehead [for sacrifice],
We cried out to him: “O Abraham!
They have already fulfilled the vision.” Verily, thus do We save the doers.
It was really an insightful test.
And We redeemed his son with a great sacrifice,
and blessed Abraham [with a legacy] among later generations:
Thus do We reward the good.
He was truly one of Our faithful servants.
Celebrating Eid al-Adha every year is a symbolic reminder to have faith God is good and follow God’s revelation, even if we don’t understand the wisdom behind the revelation at first. For Prophet Abraham, who is a prophet, his dreams (or true visions) were part of his revelation. Today, as Muslims, we lean on the revelation of the Qur’an.
As we all go through trials in life according to our abilities, Eid al-Adha reminds us to stay hopeful. God will rescue us from our troubles and reward us with happiness, for that is God.
How is Eid al-Adha celebrated?
Eid al-Adha is celebrated similarly to Eid al-Fitr: charity, dressing up, attending Eid prayer, reciting Eid takbirand enjoying a feast are traditions shared by both holidays.
However, the charitable element looks very different between the two. On Eid al-Fitr, non-perishable foods such as grain and dried fruit are donated to Muslims in need. Halal red meat is donated to Muslims in need on Eid al-Adha. For many Muslims around the world, it’s one of the few times of the year – if not the only time of the year – when they have the opportunity to enjoy meat protein.
Victims of their wealth, those who can afford to buy farm animals such as goats, sheep, camels or cows are forced to buy them and distribute the animals’ meat to third parties. A third of the meat from the animals goes to the needy; another third of the meat is distributed to family, friends and neighbors; and the last third of the meat is used at home.
The animal’s inedible by-products are also donated to those in need so they can sell the natural materials and raise some money to support their families. or so they can use the animal by-products for their own household needs.
It is important to note that animal sacrifice is not a sacrifice to God. It is a symbol of piety: “It is neither their flesh nor their blood that reaches God, but what reaches Him is your God-consciousness[…]10:37 p.m.
Eid al-Adha traditions
Another tradition surrounding Eid al-Adha is to honor pilgrims before they leave for Hajj or when they return home safely from Hajj. Completing Hajj is a major milestone in the life of a practicing Muslim, much like graduation or marriage. Family and friends could take the opportunity to shower the pilgrim with gifts and good wishes, or throw him a congratulatory party!
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