What is ‘Eid ul Adha?

Source: myhalalkitchen.com

By: Yvonne Maffei

‘Eid ul-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) is a wonderful time for Muslims. It commemorates the obedience of Prophet Abraham (upon him be peace) to Allah (God) where he and son were tested by the command to sacrifice Ismael, and passed the test which actually saved his son, who was replaced by a ram.

Prophet Muhammad (prayers of God upon him and peace) continued this tradition of obedience and conveyed to us to divide the Udhiya (sacrificed camel, cattle, lamb or goat) into thirds.  One-third of the sacrifice is designated for the poor, one-third for the owner, and one-third to give away as gifts. [i]

‘Eid ul Adha is a three-day celebration observed after the Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah).  It begins on the 10th day of Dhul-Hijja (Islamic month) for Muslims worldwide, regardless of cultural background or location. In the West, however, many Muslim communities will host gatherings and parties on the weekend immediately following the day of ‘Eid since ‘Eid ul Adha is not typically recognized as a three-day holiday exempting them from work or school. For more information about the Hajj, please refer to this page.

 

Read the rest of my article about gift-giving to neighbors on ‘Eid, published on The Silver Envelope website here.

[i] Imam Ahmad said: “We go along with the hadeeth of ‘Abd-Allaah (ibn ‘Abbaas – may Allah be pleased with them both): ‘He should eat one third himself, feed one third to whomever he wants, and give one third in charity.”

About Akhi Soufyan

If you see goodness from me, then that goodness is from The Creator. You should be thankful to The Creator for all of that. Cause I'm not the architect of that. I'm only the...the recipient. If you see weakness or shortcoming in me it's from my own weakness or shortcoming. And I ask The Creator and the people to forgive me for that. _______________________________ Website eigenaar voor een betere wereld en doel, niet gericht op verdiensten van geld maar goede daden. In de naam van Allah, de Barmhartige. Als je goedheid van mij ziet, dan is dat de goedheid van de Schepper (God). Wees De Schepper dankbaar voor dat. Want ik ben daar niet de architect van, ik ben alleen de ontvanger.

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