Eid Ul Zuha or Eid Ul-Adha is one of the
major festivals of Islam religion. Find out the story behind Eid Ul Zuha and why it is celebrated as a festival of sacrifice. Eid Ul Zuha is also known as Eid Ul-Adha or Greater Eid. It is a major celebration for the people belonging to the and is celebrated the world over with great fervor and joy. This is a festival of sacrifice and is a three day affair which is observed in the month of Dhul Hijjah. Eid Ul Adha is basically the 10th, 12th and 13th day of Dhul Hijjah month, when the sacrifice takes place after the sunset of the thirteenth day. This festival teaches the observers the importance and virtue of sacrifice. Referred to as Eid Ul Adha in Arabic, this festival is known as or Bakr-Eid in the Indian subcontinent. In Arabic, Eid or Iwd is translated to вfestivalв and the word вZuhaв is derived from вUzhaiyyaв which means вsacrificeв. The Story Behind Eid Ul Zuha Believers of Islam related this day to the day when Abraham or Ibrahim, the great follower of willingly sacrificed his son Ismail as an act of obedience to God. Since this was a gesture of supreme sacrifice, God was pleased and asked him to sacrifice a sheep instead. The story goes like this, God sought the sacrifice of Ismail, the only son of Abraham in order to test him. Abraham did not think twice before following Allahвs orders, but since he used to dote on his son a lot, he blindfolded himself as he placed his son on the altar in order to sacrifice him. After the sacrifice, when he took off the cloth from his eyes he was overwhelmed to find that his son was hale and hearty standing before him, and at the altar there was a sheep instead.
Since then this day is commemorated to honour this act of sacrifice and teach the followers how important it is to sacrifice something that we consider dear so that we are able to tread the path of detachment and only allegiance to God. Why Bakr-Eid? The name comes from the fact that Muslims sacrifice a goat or a вBakriв or a sheep or any four legged animals like a camel too. Every religious Muslim is expected to observe this Eid festival who is worth at least 400 grams of gold. Prayers to the God are offered between the period between sunset to noon and is known as the Do Rakat Namaz. After this an animal is sacrificed as a symbolic gesture of devotion to Allah. The meat of the animal is considered holy and distributed amongst relatives, friends and neighbours after offering prayers. This festival is supposed to induce harmony and a feeling of brotherhood amongst the members of the community. The major part of the festival is the Eid Milans, where all members of the community come together, exchange gifts and greet each other with warmth. All members of the society also are invited and everyone celebrates this festival with great zealousness. People wear new clothes and jewellery to mark the occasion as they visit relatives, friends and offer prayers. вSevaiyanв or a sweet dish made from milk and vermicelli is made and is a traditional specialty during this festival. Eid Ul Zuha is a great occasion for the Muslims as they believe this is the day when their holy text was considered to be complete. This is also the time of the year when the religious Muslims undertake the holy pilgrimage to Mecca, also known as.
Interaction: Maulana Wahiduddin Khan Speaking Tree Website, October 7, 2014 Maria: Dada, what is the universal message of Eid-ul-Adha? Maulana: Eid-ul-Adha literally means `festival of sacrifice\’. Here, animal sacrifice is only symbolic. Real sacrifice is to be made by the people of faith themselves. The Quran refers to a historical event as a role model for this act of sacrifice. Prophet Abra ham sacrificed an animal but it was a symbolic sacrifice. The real sacrifice on his part was that he dedicated his son, Ismail, for a peaceful mission. This mission is referred in the Quran as zibh azeem (37:107). It means great sacrifice, but Prophet Abraham never slaughtered his son; he only dedicated his son for a purpose, that is, to live in a desert and to produce a new peaceful generation that is called the Banu Ismail (Children of Ismail). Celebrating this event annually means that the faithful should pledge to follow the example of Ismail. Why do Muslims celebrate Eid ul-Adha? Muslims ritually sacrifice an animal, but the real purpose is to pledge that we will dedicate ourselves to the peaceful divine mission just as the Prophet Ismail dedi cated himself. Eid-ul-Adha is a day of pledge for a dedicated life rather than a day of some ritual act. At present, the greatest need for the divine mission is to remove the misunder standings developed about the religion of Islam, that is, thinking Islam to be a religion of violence. Generally, people take the divine mission as a violent mission. The faithful must dedicate themselves to remove this mis understanding. This is the zibh azeem for the present times. Prophet Abraham wanted to make a peaceful team for the divine mission.
Today, Muslims must dedicate themselves to building a peaceful image of Islam. What is the difference between Eid ul-Adha and Eid-ul-Fitr? Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated at the end of a full month of fasting. Muslims observe the month of Ramzan as the month of fasting. The purpose is to train themselves to live a selfrestrained life. After the completion of this period they celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr as shukr, that is, to acknowledge God\’s help for being able to complete this month of training. On the other hand, Eid-ul-Adha is for inculcating the spirit of dedication for the peaceful Islamic cause. In Eid-ul-Fitr, the role model is Prophet Muhammad. And the model of Eid-ul-Adha is Prophet Abraham. Eid-ul-Fitr reflects the spirit of sabr (patience) while Eid-ulAdha reflects the spirit of sacrifice or dedication. Both are equally important for the daily life of a faithful person. Dada, how can we adopt the message of Eid-ul-Adha in our lives? The Quran refers to Prophet Abraham as an exemplary character for the faithful. The Quran reminds Muslims of how Prophet Abraham, along with his family, dedicated his life for the peaceful divine mission. Muslims are required to remember this example on the day of Eid-ul-Adha every year and pledge to follow it. Muslims are required on this day to adopt this example in their lives in letter and spirit. The life of Prophet Abraham and that of his family was entirely a peaceful life. Thus, Eid-ul-Adha reminds Muslims that if they want to receive the divine blessing that was sent to Prophet Abraham, they must follow his life pattern. This way they will become deserving candidates for divine blessing.