Eid-Ul-Adha the Hajj Festival

Eid ul-Adha annually falls on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijja of the lunar Islamic calendar. Eid ul-Adha occurs the day after the pilgrims who are performing Hajj descend from Mount Arafat. Men, women, and children are expected to dress in their finest clothing to perform Eid prayer (Salatu’l-`id) usually performed in the mosque. The festivities could last for two to three days. During the celebration of Eid al-Adha, Muslims commemorate and remember Prophet Ibrahim’s(PBUH) trials, by themselves slaughtering an animal such as a cow, sheep, camel, or goat.

The meat from the sacrifice of Eid al-Adha is mostly given away to others. One-third is consumed by immediate family and relatives, one-third is given away to friends, and one-third is donated to the poor. The act symbolizes our willingness to give up some of our own bounties, in order to strengthen ties of friendship and help those who are in need. We recognize that all blessings come from Allah, and we should open our hearts and share it with others.

It is very important to understand that the sacrifice itself, as practiced by Muslims, has nothing to do with atoning for our sins or using the blood to wash ourselves from sin. The Quran says, “It is not their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him.” (Qur’an 22:37)

Reciting the thakbir is another essential part of this day.

Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar,   الله أكبر الله أكبر الله أكبر
la ilaha illa Allah لا إله إلا الله
Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar الله أكبر الله أكبر
wa li-illahi al-hamd ولله الحمد

 Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, There is no deity but Allah  Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest  and to Allah goes all praise