Eid-al-Adha: The Festival of Love, Sacrifice & Devotion

‘Eid Mubarak’  With festivals come history, stories, myths, lots of meals, and of course a platter full of love. Eid al-Adha is called the festival of sacrifice, celebrated by Muslims worldwide with great fervor and gaiety. The story of Eid al-Adha is about devotion, faith, and utmost belief in Allah.  Prophet Ibrahim started having dreams […]

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‘Eid Mubarak’ 

With festivals come history, stories, myths, lots of meals, and of course a platter full of love. Eid al-Adha is called the festival of sacrifice, celebrated by Muslims worldwide with great fervor and gaiety. The story of Eid al-Adha is about devotion, faith, and utmost belief in Allah. 

Prophet Ibrahim started having dreams where he was being instructed to sacrifice his son to Allah. The dreams disturbed him because how can he lose his beloved son? How can he sacrifice him? That’s when he divulged it to his son, without second thoughts his son asked him to follow the commands of their god. 

“Oh my father,” Ismail (as) told Ibrahim (as), “Do that which you have been commanded, Insha’Allah you shall find me among the patient ones.” (37:102)

Prophet finally took the step to follow what was being instructed, he blindfolded himself before sacrificing his son to ease the pain and stop him from getting swayed away by emotions while sacrificing his son. But ‘God is great’ and can never see its deity in pain. When Prophet opened his blindfold he saw his son sound and safe standing next to him and a lamb was sacrificed instead. 

Ever since then Eid-al-Adha is celebrated in the month of Dhul Hijjah and Muslims perform ‘Qurbani’ (sacrifice) of goat, sheep, and camel to commemorate the eminence of Allah and show their faith in Islam. The day starts with reading ‘Namaz’ (players) followed by Qurbani and then sharing the feast with friends and family. 

“And never give up hope of ALLAH’s Mercy. Certainly, no one despairs of ALLAH’s Mercy, except the people who disbelieve.”(Al-Qur’an 12:87)