11 August 2019 - 10:42
Happy Eid ul Adha

It’s nearly time for Eid ul Adha, one of the holiest times for Muslims throughout the year.

Iran (IMNA) - Eid ul Adha is sometimes also known as Eid Qurban, and marks the end of the pilgrimage of Hajj, which over two million people will be taking over the next few days. It happens annually, and Muslims around the world will be coming together for the so-called ‘festival of sacrifice’. Some traditions including giving meat out to friends, family, and those less fortunate, and saying Eid prayers. Special food will be cooked, people will wear their finest clothes, and loved ones will gather together to celebrate Allah.

When is Eid ul Adha?

Although Eid ul Adha happens at the same time on the Islamic calendar each year, it tends to differ when we look at the Gregorian calendar. This is because the Islamic calendar is lunar, so uses the moon, meaning the years are shorter. It also means that it will begin at different times in different places, as it starts when the moon becomes visible wherever you are.

Where does it originate from?

The festival is stemed from the story of Abraham, where he was asked to sacrifice his son to God. He agreed to submit to the will of God, but while preparing, Shaytaan (the Devil) tried to tempt him not to carry it out. Abraham, however, threw stones at Shaytaan to drive him away – a ritual that has also become part of the Hajj pilgrimage that people take at this time.

When he did go to sacrifice his son on mount Arafat, he realised that his son remained unharmed, and instead he had slaughtered an animal. It was simply a test from God to see whether he would show willingness to carry out the command, a test which he passed. Eid ul Adha is commemorated every year through sacrificing animals to God, to honour the commitment Abraham showed.


Source: Metro

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