Eid Al-Adha – The Basics


Yasmin, Staff Writer

The Muslim holiday Eid Al-Adha is known as the Greater Eid. The celebration is on the tenth day of the twelfth/final month of the Muslim lunar calendar. The actual day it is celebrated on depends upon the sighting (or phase) of the moon. Eid Al-Adha is celebrated a day after the completion of the First Pilgrimage from Mecca to Madinah. The pilgrimage however, has nothing to do with the celebration itself. Muslims actually celebrate it because of Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness and belief in Allah. The Prophet was ready to sacrifice his beloved son, Ismail, for the sake of Allah. When the time came Allah replaced him with a ram, which was to take the place of Ismail. Allah wanted to test Prophet Ibrahim’s faith and trust. The event that occured clarifies the literal meaning which is the Festival of Sacrifice. The Islamic countries celebrate this event for four days. After Eid prayers everyone carries out the sacrifice of a ram. They do this to mark the day of the Prophet’s sacrifice of a ram to Allah. The animals sacrificed must be lamb, cow, camel, goat, or bull. The goat is equal to one share of sacrifice, while the others are equal to seven per animal. The animal has to be a certain age and healthy in order to meet the circumstances to be slaughtered, in an Islamic way that is “halal.” The meat from the sacrifice has to be divided into three portions (thirds) to go to: family, friends, and donation to those who are in need. Eid is typically celebrated wearing your best attire, spending time with loved ones, and giving presents.