People Slaughtring Animals On Eid Ul Azha, On Streets Of Karachi, Pakistan, 22/08/2018
Eid-al-Adha is a holiday performed by Muslims worldwide to memorialize the sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) due to his great trust in Allah.
When Eid-al-Adha Happens
This festival happens on the tenth day of Dhu-al-Hijjah, the last (twelfth) month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar. The date of the celebrations is established based on a completed annual Holy Pilgrimage of Hajj. Eid ul Adha 2021 is expected on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Eid prayer time depends on the different countries.
Why Eid-al-Adha Is Celebrated
This festival celebrates Prophet Ibrahim’s love to Allah SWT and willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail. Many Muslims honor Ismail’s desire to give on Eid ul Adha. It is considered as a test to verify the sincerity of Ismail. He has followed the Sunnah of His loving prophet, Allah. Allah SWT swapped a ram for Ismail at the point of sacrifice, which slaughtered instead of his son. Allah SWT’s tested Prophet Ibrahim’s belief and devotion to accepting his Lord’s message without question. As a result, this festival signifies the “Festival of Sacrifice.”
How Eid al-Adha Is Celebrated
It is usually very traditional during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. A few days before this festival, Muslims return to their hometowns. The day begins with morning prayers. Visits to friends and family prolong the celebrations. Most families give presents to show their affection. Spending time with family and friends is quite normal. However, because of Covid19, the government compels everyone to follow SOP on this festival. Muslims slaughter a lamb, sheep, goat, or camel on this day to commemorate Ibrahim’s sacrifice (AS). Muslims all across the globe observe this festival for two to four days (depending on the country).
The festival is entirely focused on cuisine. The majority of the dishes call for Qurbani meat. Over the three days of celebration, the most refined dishes are prepared.
There are, however, specific Sunnah that every Muslim should follow while celebrating this wonderful occasion.
Sunnahs and Eid Prayer That People Follow In Pakistan
1- Wake up early in the morning.
2- Fresh up and take a bath
4- You should wear a new dress for this occasion.
5- Put on perfume.
6- Avoid eating before the Eid prayer.
7- While heading to Eid prayer, recite the Takbir of Tashriq aloud.
8- After offering prayers, listen to the sermon (Khutba).
9- Take alternative routes to the mosque and back after giving prayers.
Following the sermon, Muslims greet one another with greetings such as ‘Eid Mubarak,’ ‘Happy Eid,’ etc. However, the most frequent festival greeting muslims use is ‘Eid Mubarak’ to wish their friends and fellow Muslims. Eid-Mubarak means bless feast.
It is a happy time when families get together for meals. Friends and family members come to visit. Children are given money and new clothing. And families visit their loved ones’ graves.
Enjoy this festival while thanking Allah for all of His blessings. We get the chance to learn about Prophet Ibrahim’s Sunnah (A.S). Our Muslim fellows who are less fortunate must not be forgotten. They are unable to participate in this joyous event. They cannot afford it due to financial resources.