Eid Al Adha (Sacrifice Feast of Muslims)


Eid Al Adha the Sacrifice Feast of Muslims

Eid-Al-Azha is an Arabic word which means the feast of sacrifice, it is second Eid which is celebrated every year worldwide. Eid-Ul-Adha honors the willingness of Hazrat Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of the divine order from Allah. Before he sacrificed his son Allah sends Hazrat Jibril (Angel) who put sheep in his son’s place.

The Eid-Al-Adha meat is divided into three parts which consist of following;

  1. Relatives or Neighbours
  2. Family
  3. Poor and Needy persons in the region
The word Eid appears once in Surah Al Maida the fifth Surah of Holy Quran which means Solemn Festival

Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-Ul-Azha both begin with a prayer of two Rakat followed by a khutbah. The Eid-ul-Azha celebrations start after the descent of Hujjaj. The Hajj is performed from Mount Arafat east of the Macca. Eid days are considered the holiest days in Islamic Calendar.

Origin of Eid Al Adha

According to Islamic tradition Mecca is now known as Saudi Arabia was the dry and non-cultivated place. Allah Instructed Hazrat Ibrahim to bring Hajar, his wife, and Ismail to Saudi Arabia from the land of Canaan.

The story of Hazrat Ibrahim AS Story of Aab-e-ZamZam and Sacrifice of Ismail AS that further changed being a Sacrifice Feast for Muslims:

Hazrat Ibrahim was preparing for his return to Canaan, Hajar asked Hazrat Ibrahim, ‘Did Allah Order you to leave us here in this desert or you are leaving us to die here. Hazrat Ibrahim did not even look back and left them in the desert. He was afraid that he would be too sad and could disobey the command of Allah. Hajjar said, “Then Allah will not waste us, you can go”. Hazrat Ibrahim left a large quantity of food and water with them but due to heat and extreme weather, they ran out of supplies. They began to feel pains of hunger and dehydration. Hajjar ran up and down the two hills known as Saffa and Marwah seven times in desperate need for water. She finally fell down beside her baby Ismail and prayed to Allah for relief. A spring of water sprinkled from the earth at the feet of her baby. Few people even say that Hazrat Jibril (Angel) after striking the earth caused the spring to flow from the earth. The water is known as Zam Zam, the well of Zam Zam was abundantly available for them and any other passing by traveler passing by the area.  After many years Hazrat Ibrahim was ordered by Allah to return from Canaan to build a place of worship adjacent to Zam Zam well. Hazrat Ibrahim and Ismail constructed a stone and mortar structure which is known as Khanna-e-Kaaba.  As the time passes Hazrat Ismail was blessed with prophethood.

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