Did you know about Bakrid – Eid-Al-Adha (also known as “Greater Eid”) or bakrid is one of the most pivotal festivals for the entire Muslim population of the world because it marks the closure of the holy Hajj pilgrimage. Also celebrated as the “Festival of Sacrifice”, the holy day is marked on the tenth day of Dhul-al-Hijjah.
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What is the essence of this festival?
In Islam, on this day Allah ordered the prophet Ibrahim in his recurring dreams to sacrifice his beloved son Ismael because Allah wanted to test his devotion to God. Ibrahim’s son was his most precious treasure but despite this, he and his son both agreed to carry out Allah’s will. ‘Shaitan’ – the devil power tried to hinder Ibrahim’s path and dissuade him from carrying out the sacrifice. Impressed by Ibrahim’s absolute adoration for the almighty, at the last moment, Allah tells him not to sacrifice his son but something else. Allah sent a sheep as a replacement through Jibril (the archangel). To reminiscent the powerful consent of Ibrahim to immolate himself and his son for the divine power, Muslims follow the tradition to sacrifice an animal on Eid-Al-Adha.
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How enthusiastically Muslims celebrate greater Eid?
Eid-Al Adha is observed on the tenth day of “Dhu-Al-Hijjah” (the twelfth month of the Islamic Hijri calendar which is calculated as per the lunar cycle). The exact date of this festival is regulated on the appearance of the crescent moon.
- Eid-Al-Adha is a public holiday and is centered on the ritual of Qurbani – the animal sacrifice – a goat or a sheep, prayers, and family visits.
- The day starts with chanting prayers and wishing and hugging everyone despite their differences with “Eid Mubarak”.
- The day is followed by gathering of the loved ones and exchanging food items, gifts, etc.
- The Qurbani is the most spiritual sacrifice of the whole year and so it is carried out with utmost devotion, responsibility and carefulness.
- The animal chosen should necessarily meet the right standards like it must be in proper health with no disabilities.
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- Meat along with other food items are prepared for the family members and relatives. Food is also distributed amongst needy people.
- To do charity on this day is a symbol of your pure conscience for humanity and keeping this thought in mind Muslims also donate money and essentials to the less fortunate people.
- Last but not the least, one of the mesmerizing moments of this day is to see approximately two million devotees dressed in white outfits at the holiest city of the Islamic religion- Mecca for the five-day pilgrimage call Hajj, where they pray for good times and repent for past sins. It is believed that the one who righteously performs all the rituals of Hajj is rewarded with heaven after death. Hajj brings Muslims from all over the world together despite any discrimination and that is what makes this day even more blessed.