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Bakri Eid or Eid ul-Adha: Festival Of The Sacrifice

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access_time October 16, 2013 chat_bubble_outline 2 comments 9964 views

A little Muslim boy looks on as the devout offer Eid prayers at Red Road, Kolkata

Eid ul-Adha is celebrated by Muslims all over the world to honour prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his first-born son Ismail to Allah. Ibrahim was 99 and Ismail, 13, when Allah appeared in Ibrahim’s dream, asking him to sacrifice his son, who was born after several years of deep prayer. When Ismail was consulted about Ibrahim’s dream, he willingly agreed to give up his life in fulfillment of Allah’s command.

When the time came for Ibrahim to cut Ismail’s throat, he was astonished to see that his boy was unharmed, and instead, there lay a slaughtered ram. Ibrahim had passed the test of faith. Allah had spared his son and sacrificed an animal instead. Bakri Eid, or Eid ul-Adha, celebrates this faith and Muslims sacrifice animals in honour of Prophet Ibrahim’s dedication to Allah.

Celebrating Bakri Eid

Men, women and children dress in their finest and perform Eid prayers in a large congregations or in mosques. Affluent Muslims sacrifice their best halal animal, which can be a cow, a camel, goat, sheep or ram. The animals have to meet age and quality standards to be acceptable for sacrifice. More than 100 million animals are sacrificed in the span of the two days of Eid, worldwide.

The meat from the animals is divided into three parts—one for the family, one for relatives, friends and neighbours, and one for the poor and needy.

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