Eid-ul-Adha is almost here. While some countries are observing the ‘Eid of sacrifice’ on July 31, some are witnessing it on August 1. Eid-ul-Adha marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage, one of the most important religious observances in Islam.
What is Eid-ul-Adha?
This four-day festival holds pronounced importance as it is the Eid of Sacrifice. It dates back to the time when Allah asked Prophet Ibrahim in his dream to sacrifice his son, Ismail. As it was the test to his faith, he was ready to sacrifice his son for Allah. Just before, Prophet Ibrahim was ready to exhibit unwavering loyalty to Allah, He told Ibrahim that he had fulfilled Allah’s vision and replaced his son with a lamb to sacrifice instead.
Why and how is Eid-ul-Adha celebrated?
Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid-ul-Adha as a commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice everything for Allah. Those who can afford and the ones in the pilgrimage re-enact Prophet Ibrahim’s obedience by sacrificing a ram, cow, sheep, or a camel. Meat is distributed equally between households, relatives, and the underprivileged.
Performance of Hajj this season
Performance of Hajj which precedes Eid-ul-Adha has been largely affected because of the coronavirus pandemic. Around 2.5 million pilgrims visit Makkah every year to perform Hajj. But this year, Saudi Arab authorities have limited it to only 10,000 pilgrim participation and that too from within the Kingdom.
Limited Eid-ul-Adha celebrations
The world witnessed a quarantine Eid-ul-Fitr just two months ago. The situation is no different now. Although lockdown restrictions have been lifted, there is still hesitation when it comes to gatherings because it’s still unsafe. So, lavish meals, travel, and extravagant celebrations are put on hold.
Not missing on the true spirit of Eid
Family gatherings, new clothes, Eidis are an integral part of this festivity. So nothing can dampen the Eid spirit. So on that note, how are your Eid preparations coming along? Decorating the house, dressing up with flair and gifts exchange are all which cannot be missed.
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