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  About Eid-ul-Adha 

Eid al-Adha (عيد الأضحى) or Feast of Sacrifice is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims worldwide as a commemoration of the willingness of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) to sacrifice his son Ismael (AS) for Allah. It is one of two Eid festivals that Muslims Like Eid ul-Fitr, Eid ul-Adha also begins with a short prayer followed by a khutba (sermon).

Eid al-Adha is 3 days long and starts on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijja of the lunar Islamic calendar. This is the day after the pilgrims in Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia by Muslims worldwide, descend from Mount Arafat. It happens to be approximately 70 days after the end of the month of Ramadan.

 Traditions and Practices 

Men, women, and children are expected to dress in their finest clothing and perform the Eid prayer in mosques and open areas. Muslims who can afford to do so sacrifice the best animal (usually sheep, but also camels, cows, and goats) as a symbol of Ibrahim's sacrifice. The sacrificed animals, have to meet certain age and quality standards. At the time of sacrifice, Allah's name is recited along with the offering statement. According to the Quran a large portion of the meat has to be given towards the poor and hungry people so they can all join in the feast which is held on Eid-ul-Adha. Eid ul-Adha is a concrete affirmation of what the Muslim community ethic means in practice. People in these days are expected to visit their relations, starting with their parents, then their families and friends.

While Eid ul-Adha is always on the same day of the Islamic calendar, the date on the Gregorian calendar varies from year to year since the Islamic calendar is a lunar and the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar. The Lunar calendar is approximately 10 days shorter than the Solar calendar. Each year, Eid ul-Adha (like other Islamic holidays) falls on one of two different Gregorian dates in different parts of the world, due to the fact that the boundary of crescent visibility is different from the International date line.

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  To every Muslim, everywhere in the world 

May Allah SWT accept our Sacrifice (Qurbani) and our good deeds,
grant us forgiveness and have mercy upon us. Ameen!

Enjoy your festivities with great enthusiasm but don't forget
the poor and needy persons around you.

Allah-o-Akbar,  Allah-o-Akbar,
Laa Ilaaha Illallaho Wallah-o-Akbar
Allah-o-Akbar, Allah-o-Akbar, Walillahil Hamd.

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I wish you a very happy, healthy, wealthy, prosperous, peaceful and blessed Eid Al-Adha. Indeed, it's a time to celebrate and rejoice in the glory and the grace of Allah-swt. Eid is always a time to bridge distances, healing wounds, expressing feelings, building bonds, enhancing love, so please do act upon and make this Eid a remembrance for ever...

I always try my level best to greet all my relatives, friends and acquaintances at both Eids. So I suggest you too to do same and greet all, even if you are annoyed with someone or someone is annoyed with you, even then at this Eid you must convey him/her your beautiful words, best wishes and kind regards "treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you, not because they are not nice but because YOU are nice"…

With Compliments from: Mohammad Ajmal Beig Naz,
Lahore, Pakistan. Email: ajmalbeig@gmail.com

Other popular names of Eid ul-Adha across the Muslim world

  Preferred animals for sacrifice 

Eid el-Kibir in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt and Libya
Tabaski or Tobaski in some parts of Africa
Babbar Sallah in Nigeria and West Africa
Ciidwayneey in Somalia and Somali speaking regions of Kenya and Ethiopia.
Bakra Eid in India and Pakistan
Id-ul-Azha or Korbani Id in Bangladesh
Bakri Eid in South Africa
Idul Adhan in Indonesia
Kurban Bayrami in Turkey
Kurban Bajram in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and Bulgaria
Qurban Ait in Kazakhstan
Cejna Qurbanę in Kurdish
Eid-e-Qurban by Dari-speakers and
Qurbanay Akhtar by Pashto-speakers in Afghanistan.

eid-ul-adha mubarak

 

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