Muslims are celebrating Eid-ul-Adha, one of the most important festivals in the Muslim calendar.Eid-ul-Adha, or “Festival of Sacrifice”, is celebrated by Muslims to mark the occasion when Allah (God) appeared in a dream to Ibrahim and asked him to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, to demonstrate his devotion to the Almighty.
Ignoring the advice of the Devil, who tried to tempt Ibrahim into disobeying God by saying he should spare Ishmael. Ibrahim was about to press ahead with sacrifice when Allah stopped him and gave him a lamb to kill instead.
The story is designe to demonstrate how Ibrahim’s devotion pass even the sternest test, and is told in similar fashion in the Jewish Torah and Christian Old Testament, where God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son.
Today the story is commemorate on Eid by the sacrifice of a sheep, or sometimes a goat, although in Britain the animal must be kill at a slaughter house. The day is a public holiday in Muslim countries in all over the world, and the festival’s Arabic title has connotations of a period of rejoicing that comes back time and again.
Eid-ul-Adha is also known as the Festival of Sacrifice. Because Ibrahim sacrifice his son in the order of Allah.
Why do we celebrate Eid-ul-Adha ?
Muslims ritually sacrifice an animal, but the real purpose is to be that we will dedicate ourselves to the peaceful divine mission just as the Prophet Ismail dedicated himself. Eid-ul-Adha is a day of pledge for a dedicate life rather than a day of some ritual act. At present, the greatest need for the divine mission is to remove the misunderstandings 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 misunderstanding. This is the zibh-e-azeem for the present times. Prophet Abraham wanted to make a peaceful team for the divine mission. Today, Muslims must dedicate themselves to the building a peaceful image of Islam.
We celebrate the Eid-ul-Adha because it’s the festival to sacrifice the sheep or sometime a goat and a camel and also keep it our mind how to sacrifice Ibrahim.
What is the difference between Eid-ul=Adha and Eid-ul-Fitr?
Eid-ul-fitr is celebrate 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 selfres trained life. After the completion of this period that they celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr as shukr, that is, to a knowledge 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.
This Islamic festival celebrate in all over the world.