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EID UL ADHA

Eid al-Adha also known as Festival of Sacrifice of Greater Eid is religious activity celebrated by Muslims all over the globe and it is also a religious holiday for Muslims. Muslims all over the world celebrate this day to honor the will of Hazrat Ibrahim to sacrifice His son (Ismail A.S) as an act of submission or obedience to Allah, as Hazrat Ibrahim approached to sacrifice His son Allah intruded and provided Hazrat Ibrahim a sheep to sacrifice instead of His son. On the 10th day of the last Islamic month i.e. Dhu-al-Hijah Eid al-Adha is celebrated. The celebration of Eid starts after Hajj, which is considered as the annual pilgrimage to Mecca for the Muslims all around the world. Eid al-Adha lasts till the 13th of Dhu al-Hijah.


 

Men and Children dress their finest clothing so they can perform the Eid prayer in an open field known as Eidgah or Masjid. Muslims who can afford domestic animals for sacrifice buy cow, sheep, goats or camel. It is calculated that about 100 million domestic animals are slaughtered in only 2 days of Eid, and in Pakistan about 10 million animals are slaughtered in Eid days costing above 3 billion us dollars. After the sacrifice the meat of the animals is divided in three parts according to the Islamic teaching and belief, one-third part remains with the owner of the animal; another third is given to their relatives, and the other third id divided among the poor and needy people. The practices of giving charity can be demonstrated during these days.

 

Takbir is chanted out loud before the distribution of meat amongst the people during Eid Al-Adha. Families or a person who cannot afford animal or do not own livestock can make contributions by donating to charity who can provide meat to those people who are in need.