In Islam, there are two major Eids Eid al-Adha Celebrating Ibrahim’s Sacrifice, the Greater Eid, which marks the climax of the yearly Hajj (pilgrimage) trip.
Despite the fact that the Eid al-Adha Festival of Sacrifice marks an important part of Hajj,
it has a different story of why it’s named and celebrated. Eids (feasts): Eid Al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan, and
Noor Academy will walk through the history, traditions, and values of Eid Al-Adha 2021 Keep reading to know more
The Reason For Calling It Eid Al-Adha
Eid al-Adha, or the feast of sacrifice, is called that way because it celebrates the historical incident in which Prophet Ibrahim was instructed by Allah in the form of a dream vision to sacrifice his son, Ismail.
When he was going to execute that vision, Allah brought a massive ram from the sky, and the angel Gabriel notified Ibrahim that his dream vision had been fulfilled,
and he was told to sacrifice the ram as a ransom for his son.
Ever since, Muslims celebrities this event every year by praying and sacrificing rams just like their father, Ibrahim, did.
The Time For Eid Al-Adha
Eid Al-Adha takes place every time on the 10th day of Dhu Al-Hajjah month in the Hijri calendar. The first day of Eid Al-Adha marks the climax of Hajj,
the major pilgrimage in Mina. In 2021, Eid Al-Adha is excepted to be celebrated on Monday, July 19, and ends on the evening of Friday, July 23. The dates may vary according to the Hijri calendar.
Depending on where you reside, Eid Al-Adha celebrations might last anywhere from two to four days.
The act of Udhaia (sacrifice) is undertaken after the Eid Salaah ( Eid Prayers ), which are done in congregation at the nearby Mosque on Eid morning.
Muslim Celebrations Of Eid Al-Adha
Muslims give great significance to Eid celebrations. It’s Sunnah to show joy during Eid days and celebrate it with our loved ones.
Other than the traditions of wearing new clothes, visiting relatives and friends with gifts, and giving children money (Eidiyya), families who can afford it make Udhaia or Qurbani.
Udhaia is the act of slaughtering an animal as a sacrifice to commemorate this anniversary in honor of Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice for Allah.
The Udhaia can be a sheep, goat, camel, or cow. The meat will then be divided equally among the family, poor people in the neighborhood, and sometimes friends.
Eid Al-Adha Prayer
One of Eid Al-Adha traditions is the Eid prayers. These prayers are performed on the first morning of Eid in the nearest mosque.
The right time to perform Eid prayers begins 15 minutes after sunrise and continues until 10 to 15 minutes before midday ( Dhuhr ).
It’s important, to begin with, a nonverbal niyyah (intention) that is not stated aloud.
Description Of The Eid Al-Adha Prayer
Eid prayer consists of two rakaahs with additional takbeers. The first takbeer is takbeerat Al-ihram (Allahu Akbar), followed by six additional takbeers in the first rakah.
It is optional to recite the beginning (Fatiha) supplication.
For each takbeer from the Imam, you have to raise your hands and quietly recite “subhanallah, walhamdulillah, wala ilaha illallah, wallahu akbar”.
Five takbeers will be called for the second rakaah, and you will repeat the imam’s call and action.
You must recite “Subhanallah, walhamdulillah, wala ilaha illallah, wallahu akbar” in between takbeers.
After bowing and kneeling then reading Tashahud, you follow Imam as he finishes the prayer by saying “Assalamu Alaikum” two times like regular prayers.
The Time For The Takbeer Of Eid Al-adha
The time for the takbeer of Eid Al-Adha begins from the night before the first day of eid. It particularly starts after Ishaa’s prayers.
Takbeers (or Takbeerat) take the form of “Allahu Akbar [3 times], la illaha illa Allah”.
The sound of Takbeers should be coming from every mosque where the Imam recites Takbeers as a way of spreading Eid vibes among Muslim neighborhoods.
Muslim Celebrations In America Eid Al-Adha
American and non-American Muslims get to celebrate Eid Al-Adha in America by going to the neighborhood mosque and perform prayers on the first morning of Eid,
sharing a community meal, wearing traditional clothes, and visiting family and friends.
Some Muslims manage to take a couple of days off from work to celebrate this joyous occasion, while students in schools and colleges of New York City are allowed to take Eid days off.
Before Eid begins, some Muslims look for a farm where they may perform the sacrifice, but many also send money back to their home countries to assist fund a sacrifice.
Sacrifice On Eid Al-Adha: Udhaia
The sacrifice, or “Udhaia” in Arabic, represents an animal that Muslims slaughter during the Eid days imitating Prophet Ibrahim who first did that as a ransom for his child, Ismail.
A sheep, lamb, goat, cow, bull, or camel might be used as the sacrificed animal. The distinction is that a sheep, lamb, or goat has one Udhaia share, however, a bull, cow, or camel has seven shares.
This simply means that you and the other 6 people can gather up money and buy one Udhaia together.
When choosing an animal to sacrifice, make sure it is in good health and over a particular age in order to be slaughtered in a “halal” friendly, Islamic manner that does not terrify or torture the animal.
The Udhaia meat can then be divided into three equal parts each share: one-third for you and your family, one-third for friends, and one-third for poor people.
How Do We Celebrate Eid Al-Adha With Our Kids At The Time Of Corona Virus?
Coronavirus restrictions prevented millions of Muslims from celebrating Eid Al-Adha last year. This is due to how the majority of Eid traditions involve social interaction with people and huge gatherings.
However, don’t let covid-19 stop you from enjoying Eid days with your family at home. You can still buy new clothes and perform prayers with the oldest male at home as an Imam.
Here’s a list of suggestions that you can apply to make sure to celebrate Eid Al-Adha at home:
- Buy new clothes for you and your kids.
- Decorate the house with Eid decorations.
- Wake up early on Eid morning.
- Perform Salat Al-Eid with your family.
- Eat dates and candy once the prayers are over.
- Give your kids new money (Eidiyya).
- Video call your relatives and friends to say, Eid Mubarak.
- Have some family time, watching movies, or playing board games.
What Are The Values That The Kids Learn From Eid Al-Adha?
Eid Al-Adha makes a great lesson for our children. So it’s important to take advantage of Eid days to instill some values in them.
What’s a better time than the feast of sacrifice to teach your children the value of sacrifice for the sake of Allah’s acceptance.
The story of Ibrahim and Ismail that is the core of Eid Al-Adha should be retold over and over again to tell them how Ibrahim was ready to sacrifice the most valuable thing in his life,
his child because Allah ordered him to.
- When they give up things for Allah, Allah rewards them
When Ibrahim complied with Allah’s order and showed readiness to sacrifice Ismail, Allah sent him a huge ram to save Ismail.
So the rule is to obey Allah at any cost, and Allah’s plan will always save us.
- Don’t forget the poor
When we make Udhaia, one-third of its share must go to the poor. That teaches them that poor people should always be in our consideration when Allah grants us a blessing.
- Connect with family and relatives
As a part of Eid traditions, we should visit family and relatives to keep our connection strong just like prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) ordered us.
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