What Is Eid-Al-Adha?
Eid-Al-Adha is The Muslim’s Festival which is celebrated worldwide. Eid-Al-Adha is the festival of Sacrificing, in this month Muslims use to sacrifice animals. And use to distribute the meat in relatives, friends & poor. Muslims can donate the amount equal to the sacrificing animal’s amount in poor if they wish but it is Sunnah to sacrifice the animal because our Beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW has sacrificed the animal. Eid-Al-Adha is The Second Most popular Festivals for Muslims after Eid-Al-Fitr which is celebrated in the Month of Ramadan.
What Are the Other Names of This feast?
Eid-Al-Adha is also known by Eid-Al-Zuha, īd al-aḍḥā, Sacrifice Feast, Bakr-Id (In Asian Countries)
Eid al-Kabir in Yemen, Syria, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya & Egypt
Peru Nāl in Tamil
Bali Perunnal in Malayalam
Eid è Qurbon in Iran
Kurban Bayramı in Turkey
Fiesta del Cordero in Spanish
When it is celebrated?
Eid-Al-Adha is celebrated on the tenth day of Dhu Al-Hijjah. Which is the Twelfth Month of Islamic Calendar. Muslims use to follow Islamic calendar which is based on Moon (Lunar Cycle) so the Dates vary yearly from the Georgian Calendar.
Why It Is Celebrated?
Muslims use to recall it or use to show respect to Ibrahim Alay salaam for following the willingness of Allah’s Command to sacrifice his Son Ismail. This Whole event started when Allah tests Ibrahim Alay Salaam by telling him to sacrifice his son Ismail, and When Ibrahim Alay salaam prepared himself to sacrifice his son Ismail, He Discussed the whole dream with his son Ismail and Ismail got ready to get sacrifice to fulfil his father’s dream and Allah’s Command. And Even Son Ismail told his father Ibrahim that he can’t do this so tie a cloth on your eyes and sacrifice me. When Ibrahim Alay Salaam Proceeded Allah Sent Angel Jibrail who Replace Ismail with a Sheep. When Ibrahim Alay Salam Slaughtered the Sheep He opened his eyes and he’s watching that his son Ismail is standing perfectly ok and the Sheep is slaughtered. So From That day onwards this Festival is celebrated every year by all Muslims to Honor the willingness of Ibrahim Alay Salaam for the act of submission to Allah’s Command.
Compilation of Hajj on Eid-Al-Adha.
In Saudi Arabia, at Makkah the Holiest place in Islam the Hajj is completed on the day of Eid-Al-Adha after Sacrificing the Animal. For more details on Hajj Read more…
What Are The Procedures to Celebrate Eid-Al-Adha?
Muslims Use to Attend Prayer Which is After Fajar and before Zohar Prayer the 1st and 2nd Prayer of the day. In This Mostly Prayer is offered in open place other than Mosque But it is not compulsory if the weather is not ok or you don’t have open space for gathering then it can be offer in mosque also there is no Problem with it.
After Prayer Muslims Use to take different route for returning to home, which is again not compulsory if your mosque or praying ground don’t have 2 different routes then.
Muslims use to wear New Clothes, But it is not compulsory if they have enough money than they can purchase new ones but it is recommended to wear the best and clean clothes. And they can have Non-Alcoholic Perfume.
What Kind of Animals Can Be Sacrificed and how it should be?
No Birds can be sacrificed! Muslims have to sacrifice only Animals which is Eatable and Halal Animals. Like Sheep, Goat, Lamb, Camel etc.
And Animal Should be ONLY MALE!
Animal Should Be Not Less than SIX Months in case of Lamb (This is also Permissible only in difficult time) &
Goat and Sheep Should be at Least 1 Year Old
2 Years for Buffalo &
5 Years for Camel this are the Minimum age of the Animal.
Animal should be Healthy it should have 2 Eyes, All Legs, All teeth, 2 Horn if that animal has, 2 Ears, No Cuts on its Skin & Sick Animal can’t be Sacrificed.
Stolen Animal Can’t be sacrificed.
Animal taken by force.
Animal taken but the Money is Not Paid or Pending Amount.
Animal purchased by fraud,
Animal Purchased but Not paid the right price,
Animal received as charity,
Once the Animal is Purchased for Sacrificing it cannot be sold or Exchange.
Who Can Offer Sacrifice?
Only Muslims Can Offer Sacrifice.
Person who is Financially Able Have to sacrifice animal.
Only males can Slaughter the Animal.
Slaughter should be done by the One who is sacrificing (It is Sunnah) If it is not possible then they can Appoint someone on behalf of them.
How Sacrifice is to be done?
Only Muslim Male Person can Slaughter the Sacrificing animal.
Before sacrificing the animal the Intentions are Must and he should be clear and confident before slaughtering the animal.
Sacrificing should be done in Completely Halal Process Read More for Halal Instructions…
One should not cut their Hairs and Nails before 10 Days from the day of slaughtering the animal they can cut after sacrificing the animal.
How it should be divided?
Strictly No Part of Sacrificed animals is sold out or given for payment.
Animal’s Meat should be divided equally in three parts:
One should for self
Second for the Relatives and friends and
Third for the Poor
Prophet Muhammad SAW’s Sayings
“Whoever can afford to offer a sacrifice but does not do so, let him not approach our place of prayer.”
“At the time of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), a man would sacrifice a sheep on behalf of himself and the members of his household, and they would eat from it and give some to others.”
“We sacrificed at al-Hudaybiyah with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), a camel for seven and a buffalo for seven.”
“Do not sacrifice anything but an adult animal, unless it is difficult for you, in which case you may slaughter a six-month old lamb
“There are four that will not do for sacrifice: a one-eyed animal whose defect is obvious, a sick animal whose sickness is obvious, a lame animal whose limp is obvious and an emaciated animal that has no marrow in its bones.”
“When you see the new moon of Dhul-Hijjah, and if any one of you intends to offer a sacrifice, let him not remove anything from his hair or nails until he has offered his sacrifice.”
“O! Fatimah get up to witness you sacrifice.”
“The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) slaughtered two rams with his own hand, and he said Bismillaah and Allahu akbar.”
“Whoever slaughters (his sacrifice) before the prayer, it is meat that he has brought to his family, but that is not the sacrifice.”
“Whoever slaughters the sacrifice before he prays, let him replace it with another.”
“The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did not go out on the day of (Eid) al-Fitr until he had eaten, and he did not eat on the day of (Eid) al-Adha until he came back, then he would eat from his sacrifice.”
“Whoever sells the skin of his udhiyah, there is no udhiyah for him (i.e., it is not counted as udhiyah).”
“The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) commanded me to take care of the sacrifice and to give its meat, skin and raiment (covering used for protection) in charity, and not to give anything of it to the butcher as a compensation. He said, ‘We will give him something from what we have.’”
Eid-Al-Adha in Quran
فَبَشَّرْنَاهُ بِغُلَامٍ حَلِيمٍ – 37:101
So We gave him good tidings of a forbearing boy.
فَلَمَّا بَلَغَ مَعَهُ السَّعْيَ قَالَ يَا بُنَيَّ إِنِّي أَرَىٰ فِي الْمَنَامِ أَنِّي أَذْبَحُكَ فَانظُرْ مَاذَا تَرَىٰ ۚ قَالَ يَا أَبَتِ افْعَلْ مَا تُؤْمَرُ ۖ سَتَجِدُنِي إِن شَاءَ اللَّهُ مِنَ الصَّابِرِينَ – 37:102
And when he reached with him [the age of] exertion, he said, “O my son, indeed I have seen in a dream that I [must] sacrifice you, so see what you think.” He said, “O my father, do as you are commanded. You will find me, if Allah wills, of the steadfast.”
فَلَمَّا أَسْلَمَا وَتَلَّهُ لِلْجَبِينِ – 37:103
And when they had both submitted and he put him down upon his forehead,
وَنَادَيْنَاهُ أَن يَا إِبْرَاهِيمُ – 37:104
We called to him, “O Abraham,
قَدْ صَدَّقْتَ الرُّؤْيَا ۚ إِنَّا كَذَٰلِكَ نَجْزِي الْمُحْسِنِينَ – 37:105
You have fulfilled the vision.” Indeed, we thus reward the doers of good.
إِنَّ هَٰذَا لَهُوَ الْبَلَاءُ الْمُبِينُ – 37:106
Indeed, this was the clear trial.
وَفَدَيْنَاهُ بِذِبْحٍ عَظِيمٍ – 37:107
And we ransomed him with a great sacrifice, -Quran As-Saffat- 37: 101 – 107
وَاذْكُرْ فِي الْكِتَابِ إِسْمَاعِيلَ ۚ إِنَّهُ كَانَ صَادِقَ الْوَعْدِ وَكَانَ رَسُولًا نَّبِيًّا – 19:54
And mention in the Book, Ishmael. Indeed, he was true to his promise, and he was a messenger and a prophet.
وَكَانَ يَأْمُرُ أَهْلَهُ بِالصَّلَاةِ وَالزَّكَاةِ وَكَانَ عِندَ رَبِّهِ مَرْضِيًّا – 19:55
And he used to enjoin on his people prayer and zakah and was to his Lord pleasing.
–Quran Surah Maryam – 19: 54 – 55
وَلِكُلِّ أُمَّةٍ جَعَلْنَا مَنسَكًا لِّيَذْكُرُوا اسْمَ اللَّهِ عَلَىٰ مَا رَزَقَهُم مِّن بَهِيمَةِ الْأَنْعَامِ ۗ فَإِلَٰهُكُمْ إِلَٰهٌ وَاحِدٌ فَلَهُ أَسْلِمُوا ۗ وَبَشِّرِ الْمُخْبِتِينَ – 22:34
And for all religion we have appointed a rite [of sacrifice] that they may mention the name of Allah over what He has provided for them of [sacrificial] animals. For your god is one God, so to Him submit. And, [O Muhammad], give good tidings to the humble [before their Lord] -Quran –Surah Al-Haj 22:34