Eid ul-Adha: A Celebration of Faith, Sacrifice and Community

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Eid ul-Adha: A Celebration of Faith, Sacrifice and Community

By Dr. Nowhera Shaik 

Eidul Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, is one of the most important Islamic festival celebrated by Muslims all around the world on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar. This Eid holds special significance because it marks the climax of Hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam. Hajj is an annual pilgrimage to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, which is obligatory for Muslims who are physically and financially able to perform it at least once in their lifetime.  Eidul Adha honors the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ismail (Ishmael) as an act of obedience to God. The origin of Eid al-Adha can be traced back to the story of Prophet Abraham (Ibrahim). The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said, “It is a tradition that has come down to us from Abraham.” According to Islamic tradition, Prophet Abraham was commanded by God in a dream to sacrifice his son, Ishmail. As Abraham was about to carry out the sacrifice, God sent the Angel Gabriel with a large ram. Gabriel informed Abraham that his dream vision was fulfilled and instructed him to sacrifice the ram instead. This story is mentioned in Chapter 37 of the Holy Qur’an. Muslims remember this act of devotion by sacrificing animals, usually sheep and goats. The day begins with a special prayer at the mosque. This prayer is called Salat al-Eid, and it is a significant part of the Eidul Adha celebrations.

Muslims gather in large numbers to perform this prayer together.  Eid al-Adha holds special significance because it marks the climax of Hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam. Hajj is an annual pilgrimage to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. It is obligatory for Muslims who are physically and financially able to perform it at least once in their lifetime.

Eidul Adha is also a time for family and friends to come together. After the morning prayers and sacrifices, families gather for festive meals. These meals often include special dishes made from the sacrificed animal. Traditional foods vary from country to country, but they are always a highlight of the celebration. New clothes are often worn on Eidul Adha. It is a tradition to dress in one’s best attire for the occasion. In many cultures, people buy new clothes specifically for Eid. Wearing new clothes is a way of showing joy and respect for the EidulAdha. Children especially look forward to Eidul Adha. They receive gifts and money from elders, which is a common tradition during Eid.  The excitement of receiving Eidi, as these gifts are called, adds to the festive atmosphere. The spirit of Eidul Adha extends beyond the home and community. Many Muslims use this time to perform acts of charity. Helping those in need is a fundamental aspect of this festival. Muslims are encouraged to be generous and to support those who are less fortunate.

This festival is a time of joy and reflection. It reminds Muslims of the importance of faith, sacrifice, and helping others. It develops a sense of community and togetherness. By coming together in prayer, sharing meals, and giving to the needy, Muslims strengthen their bonds with one another. The preparations for Eidul Adha often begin days in advance. Families clean their homes and decorate them. Markets are bustling with people buying animals for sacrifice, new clothes, and special foods. 

Eidul Adha has a deep spiritual significance for Muslims. It is a time to renew one’s faith and commitment to God. The story of Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son is a powerful example of faith and obedience.  The act of sacrificing an animal is a ritual and symbol of deeper meanings. It represents the willingness to give up something valuable for the sake of God. It also emphasizes the importance of sharing and caring for others, especially those in need. It also highlights the importance of Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca. For those who have completed Hajj, Eidul Adha is particularly special. It marks the culmination of their spiritual journey. For others, it is a reminder of the significance of Hajj and a time to pray for those on pilgrimage.

It is celebrated with great enthusiasm in many different countries. Each culture has its own unique traditions and customs. However, the central themes of sacrifice, generosity, and community are present in all celebrations. In some places, public spaces are decorated for Eidul Adha. Lights, banners, and other decorations add to the festive atmosphere. Special events and performances are organized to celebrate the festival. These events bring people together and create a sense of shared joy. The exchange of greetings is an important part of Eidul Adha. Muslims wish each other “Eid Mubarak,” which means “Blessed Eid.” This greeting is exchanged in person, over the phone, and through messages. It is a way of spreading joy and good wishes. Eidul Adha also provides an opportunity to strengthen family bonds. Families come together to celebrate, share meals, and enjoy each other’s company. It is a time to reconnect with relatives and friends, and to make new memories together. 

For many Muslims, Eidul Adha is also a time of personal reflection. It is a time to think about one’s own faith and relationship with God. It is also a time to appreciate the blessings in one’s life which encourages gratitude for the things we have and the people we love. It is a reminder to be thankful for the blessings that God has given. It serves as a spiritual journey of introspection and renewal for Muslims, prompting self-examination and repentance for past shortcomings. Believers seize the opportunity to seek forgiveness from Allah and reconcile their actions with Islamic principles of righteousness and integrity. The festival encourages a commitment to personal growth, moral rectitude, and spiritual advancement in accordance with Allah’s teachings.

Dr. Nowhera Shaik
Dr. Nowhera Shaik

[Author is Entrepreneur, Founding Managing Director of Heera Group of Company, India. Email: [email protected]]

*** Article published under freedom of expression IBG NEWS neither agrees nor disagrees with the same. The view expressed is the author’s view.***

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