Muslims across the world are all set to celebrate the auspicious Eid al-Adha, also called Bakra Eid or Festival of Sacrifice. Eid al-Adha is one of the most important festivals in Islam. The commemoration begins on the 10th day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah in the Islamic lunar calendar.
And after the sacrifice of animals, the meat is then distributed to family, friends and needy.
People of other religions believe this practice to be unethical and absolutely uncalled for. However, Islam has foolproof, religiously-backed answers to justify this tradition.
Story behind the origin of the ritual
Muslims following the footsteps of the Prophet Ibrahim and Prophet Ismail sacrifice animals every year in the month of Dhu al-Hijjah.
It is said that the Prophet Ibrahim had a dream one night, in which Allah told him to sacrifice his beloved and only child Ismail. However, at first, Ibrahim didn’t understand the edict. But little did he know that it was nothing but the command from God Himself and the following night, the same dream occurred again, ordering him to do the same. Finally, Ibrahim realized that this was no fluke but, a message from Allah.
He told his wife and son about the dream, and like a true obedient family they all agreed to sacrifice Ismail for Allah. Although he loved his son a lot, he was fully prepared to follow Allah’s command and he took his son to Mount Arafat along with a knife and rope.
On the way to the place of sacrifice, it is said that Satan (the Devil) tried to distract and stop Prophet Ibrahim from obeying and accepting Allah’s mandate. The devil tried three times to distract Ibrahim and his son from the path to sacrifice. However, Ibrahim and his son ignored his attempts and moved on.
Ismail asked his father to tie his hands and legs so that he may not struggle and that his father blindfold himself so that he won't have to witness him suffer.
Source: Arabic News
Ibrahim followed as the son said. Blindfolded Ibrahim was following Allah’s command. When he took the blindfold off, he saw the body of a dead ram (male goat) in front of him and his son completely unharmed standing right next to him. Later Ibrahim and Ismail came to understand that they had just passed a difficult test from Allah.
Since then, Muslims from around the world perform sacrifice (Qurbani) to remember what Ibrahim did.
God teaches lesson through sacrifice
Eid al-Adha is not only following the ritual and sacrificing animals. Above it all, Allah has a lesson for the entire world to understand the pain of sacrifice, feeling of losing lives and dealing with grief.
After sacrificing an animal, keeping a small portion to themselves, every Muslims needs to distribute the rest to friends, family and those in need so that the needy who could not afford the meat the rest of the year can eat in this month.
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