BY | October 12, 2013

Eid al Adha 2013 falls on October 15 in most parts of the world including USA, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Africa and much of Europe and Asia. In a small part of the world the Eid-ul-Adha will be celebrated on October 16.

This is among the two most important festivals that Muslims celebrate and that is sanctioned by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Quran. Other festivals celebrated by millions and millions of people across the world like Maulud (the birth anniversary of the Prophet) has no sanction from the Prophet and it was never celebrated during the time of the Four Caliphs and began centuries after his (PBUH) death. Nonetheless it is now being celebrated in much of the world, though many ulama frown upon it as bida’ and suggest that this should not be celebrated as we have not been ordered by the Prophet to do that and his companions never did it.

When Prophet Muhammad (SAW) came to Medina he asked the Muslims there to celebrate these two festivals instead of their old festivals that were related to different clans there and so began the festivals that were purely Islamic. Both the festivals coincide with two great occasions, one with Ramadan and the other with hajj. Eid-ul-Adha is the Muslim festival that marks the end of the pilgrimage to Makkah  known as Hajj. Eid-ul-Adha is also known as the “Feast of Sacrifice,”and it commemorates Abraham’s faith and devotion to God. According to Muslim belief God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son, and although he was a good man and loved his son; his faith and devotion to God was strong enough that he would a ccommod ate God’s request. Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his own son for God caused God to spare his son’s life, and a lamb was sacrificed in his place.

Unlike other festivals, Muslim festivals of Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha are not marked by undue pomp and big time celebrations. Most of the two festivals are celebrated with prayers and more prayers. Eid-ul-Adha is a sacred Muslim holiday that is celebrated around the world with prayer, sacrifice, and food. In the United States Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Adha by going to morning prayers at a mosque instead of eating breakfast. After the morning prayers they have a feast with their family and friends, and they enjoy being together and sharing. In Egypt Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated by morning prayers and feasting, but it is referred to as “Eid el-Kibr.” Morning prayers at a mosque and a sermon are the tradition of Muslims during this holiday, and after their prayers they meet with their friends and family for a celebratory feast. During this Muslim holiday the wealthy and charity organizations give beef and other foods to the poor in honor of the sacrifice associated with this holiday.

In the Indian Subcontinent the occasion is celebrated in almost every nook and corner of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka besides of course Maldives. Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated as a 4 day event in Pakistan;  During this holiday stores are closed, and Muslims attend morning prayers and a sermon. After this Muslims will attend a great feast, and those who can afford it will sacrifice an animal to honor god, and they will share the meat with their friends, family, and the poor. In India this festival is marked with sacrifices and celebrations. Muslims after offering prayers and sacrifice visit their relatives and friends. On the other hand during Eid-ul-Adha in Bangladesh it is mandatory that an animal is sacrificed, and the animal’s age and health is important. An unhealthy animal is considered an imperfect sacrifice. The sacrifices start during morning prayers, and they continue for three days during Eid-ul-Adha in Bangladesh. Feasts and prayers are similar in Bangladesh as they are in many other countries, except the sacrifice is extremely important.Eid-ul-Adha is a special time for Muslims around the world; it is a time where they honor God by showing their faith and devotion through sacrifice, feast, and prayer. This Muslim holiday is celebrated around the world, and some traditions are slightly different, but the devotion and honor of God remains the same during Eid-ul-Adha around the world. to be true, kids are the happiest lot, be it on Eid al Fitr or Eid al Adha.

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