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Eid al-Adha (Bakrid) عيد الأضحى

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  • Id-ul-Zuha (Bakr-Id), is also known as Eid al-Adha or Id-ul-Adha, is celebrated by Muslims across the world.
  • They offer special prayers or ‘Dua’ for the peace and prosperity of all Muslims which is followed by sacrifice.
  • The meaning of this festival is “Festival of Sacrifice”.
  • The Islamic calendar is based on observations of the moon and the length of a particular month can vary between years. For this reason, predicted dates of Eid al-Adha may be corrected at the start of the month of Dhul Hijja. This is around 10 days before the start of the festival.
  • Bakrid is celebrated in commemoration of Abraham’s willingness to offer his only son as a sacrifice at God’s command.
  • A goat, a sheep or a cow is sacrificed according to the laid down rules. One third of the meat is retained for family, while another third is distributed among friends and relatives and the remaining one third is given in charity for the poor and the needy.
  • The sacrificed animal needs to meet some certain age and quality standards as otherwise the animal would be considered inappropriate for sacrifice.
  • They chant Takbir loudly before and after offering their Eid prayers; followed by the sacrifice and distribution of meat takes place.
  • People also give money in charity to enable poor members of their local community and around the world to eat a meat-based meal.
  • In the period around Eid al-Adha, many Muslims go on Hajj the Holy Pilgrimage to visit Mecca.
  • Eid al-Adha is a public holiday observed in Middle East and other Muslim populated countries in Asia and Africa too.
  • Men, women and children are expected to dress in their finest clothing to perform Eid prayer in a large congregation is an open waqf   (“stopping”) field called Eidgah or mosque.

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