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Eid Ul Adha: Know The Significance

Eid Ul Adha: Know The Significance

Eid ul Adha is just around the corner and Muslims all across the globe are busy in prepping for it. People can be seen thronging the markets and frisking shops and stores to buy their favourite things for Eid. It is a festive season for all and the markets are in full bloom. Particularly the business of selling animals for sacrifice on Eid is on rising. People can be seen at various spots where sacrificial animals are available.

Eid ul Adha is popularly also known as “Baddi Eid” in the Indian subcontinent. It is usually observed after a period of two months and ten days after Eid-ul-Fitr. Also known as Bakra Eid, it is observed on the 10th day of the holy month of zillhajj, as per the Islamic calendar. Eid ul Adha directly means The Festival of Sacrifice. In India, it is also known as Bakra Eid or Bakri-Eid due to the association with the sacrifice of a “bakri” or goat. This eid is observed to commemorate the sacrifice and devotion shown by Hazrat Ibraheem A.S. This year Eid will be celebrated in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh on 10th July as per the English calendar.

Eid ul Adha is celebrated in the memory of Hazrat Ibraheem A.S who was willing to sacrifice His own son in order to obey Allah’s command. The religious texts of Muslims suggest that Hazrat Ibraheem A.S was commanded by Allah to sacrifice His own son in order to test Him. When Hazrat Ibraheem A.S started obliging to Allah’s command a voice from heaven intervened, allowing Him to make another “great sacrifice” instead. And since that day Muslims all across the globe commemorate this day by offering a symbolic sacrifice of a lamb, goat, cow, camel, or another animal, which is then divided into three parts and distributed equally among family, friends, and the less fortunate.

Eid ul Adha is celebrated all across the globe by Muslims with great joy and fervour. People all across the globe prepare for Eid in their own unique ways. However, the most important preparation that people make is to make sure to buy a sacrificial animal for the “Qurbani”. According to Sunnah custom, the meat from the sacrificed animal shall be split into three halves. One-third of the share is kept by the family, while the remaining one-third is distributed to loved ones, friends, and neighbours. The underprivileged receive the final third.

Eid Ul Adha Preparations in Kashmir

In Kashmir people of all age groups can be seen participating in the Eid preparations wholeheartedly. Men and women can be seen going to the market to buy different things such as spices, ingredients for dishes, new utensils, clothes etc. While children can be seen buying clothes and toys to enjoy their Eid. Before Eid, just like Eid ul Fitr the day of Arafah is observe and young girls and women can be seen applying henna on their hands. The preparations for Eid begin with the cleaning and dusting of the house.
About his preparations for the upcoming Eid, Nasir Laway from South Kashmir told Ground Report, “Bakar eid or badi eid(in Kashmiri) has a special place in our hearts as we Muslims sacrifice in the way of Allah, the aim is to distribute the whole into needy and our neighbours.

We prepare by cleaning the surroundings and make our sacrifice animal ready.
Our preparations also include distribution of zakat to needy ones.”

Sabira, a young girl in conversation to Ground Report said, “The significance of days before Eid is known to us all. And the preparations start from 1st zilhaj itself. Doing all the good deeds as described to us by Allah and His Messenger (PBUH) is the premise for all other acts of earning the best of rewards in these 10 days. Eid preparations happen to be very elaborate, from food to clothes to deep cleaning everything needs to be put in place a day before Arafah. And on the day of Arafah, everything needs to be perfect for Eid. Everyone has to contribute, even the lazy ones, their bit in the preparations. And all this is done with earnestness and the amount of happiness in doing this is matchless.”

On the day of Eid, a special and prescribed two rakaah of namaz is offered in the Eidgah, also known as Eid Namaz locally. The revered Takbir is recited both before and after the prayers on Eid al-Adha. The first Raka’ah contains seven Takbirs, whereas the second contains five Takbirs. Muslims thank Allah in their prayers for allowing them to successfully complete the pre-Eid rituals.
After completing the namaz people greet each other by saying, “Eid Mubarak”.

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