Happy Eid Mubarak: 5 Intriguing Secrets That You Should Know Before Celebrating Eid al Adha
It’s that time of the year again. The time for another Eid al Adha celebration.
This special holiday lasts for four days and at this time, Muslims come together to celebrate by eating red meat.
Before dipping your hands into a pot of cow meat, let’s take some time to learn about the traditions and history of Eid al Adha.
1. Eid al Adha is a day to celebrate the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice Ishmael (Isaac) when he was commanded by God.
Although God provided Abraham with a sheep to sacrifice instead, the obedience displayed is one worth celebrating, don’t you think?
2. al-Adha is just one of the two Eid celebrations. The other is Eid al Fitr which comes after Ramadan.
3. During Eid al-Adha, the slain animal is meant to be divided into 3 parts.
The family keeps one part, another part is given to relatives and friends while the third part is shared among the less privileged.
The idea is to ensure that no poor person is left without meat on this day.
4. The slain meat for the celebration needs to meet some criteria. It must be up to a certain age and be of the highest quality.
5. The celebration is usually kicked off with significant prayers called Salat ul-Eid. This prayer is done on the first day of the celebration.