Eid-al-Adha Facts

English: A picture of people performing (circu...

English: A picture of people performing (circumambulating) the . This picture taken from the gate of Abdul Aziz seems to divide the Kaaba and the minarets into mirror images of one another. Français : Pélerins en train de réaliser la Circumambulation (ou Tawaf) autour de la Ka’ba. Photo prise depuis la porte Ibn Saud, d’où la vue présente une symétrie en miroir presque parfaite. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is Eid-al-Adha?

Eid-al-Adha  عيد الأضحى means the “feast of sacrifice” commerrating the obedience of prophet Abraham in his willingness to sacrifice his own son.

When is it celebrated?

Eid-al-Adha marks the completion of Hajj (holy pilgrimage). It begins on the 10th day of Dhu’l-Hijia (the last month of the islamic calender) and lasts for 3 days.

How is it celebrated?

Muslims all around the world begin Eid with going to the mosque for morning congregational prayers. This is followed by a festive meals and social gatherings. In addition, like the pilgrims in Makkah (Mecca), the Muslims, who can afford to do so, offer domestic animals, usually sheep, as a symbol of Ibrahim’s sacrifice.

Why is it celebrated?

Eid al-Adha  commemorates the prophet Abraham’s willingness to obey Allah (SWT) by sacrificing his son Ishmael. According to the Qu’ran, just before Abraham sacrificed his son, Allah replaced Ishmael with a lamb, thus sparing his life.

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