Eid ul Azha: An event of Great Sacrifice
Eid is an Arabic word which means “festival of happiness.” The two most joyous events in Islam given as a gift for Muslims by ALLAH Almighty are Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Azha. Eid ul Fitr is celebrated after fasting for the whole month of Ramzan and as a reward of that obedience of ALLAH, He gifted this occasion to His people.
Eid ul Azha is the 2nd blissful event for Muslims. It is celebrated on the 10th day of last month of Islamic calendar Zil’haj. It is celebrated in remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) who made himself ready to sacrifice his only son Prophet Isma’il (A.S) for the sake of ALLAH Almighty but He intervened to provide him with a sheep to sacrifice. Moreover, all the Muslims around the globe gather at the House of ALLAH (Khana Kabah) in Makkah to perform Hajj on the 9th of Zil’haj. So every year all the Muslims of the whole world celebrate this festival with great enthusiasm and pleasure.
Before this day, people get busy in searching for a fine and good animal and they visit ‘Maweshhi Mandi’ several times to achieve their goal. Little children become happy on the arrival of innocent animals and they try to paint them with different colours and take good care of them and play with them all day.
Eid ul Azha is also known as ‘Barri Eid or Bakra Eid’. It is a three-day event of celebration for Muslims. As they wake up early in the morning, wear new clothes, go to the Masjid to offer eid prayer and come back home to perform this holy act of sacrifice of cow, sheep or camel. But there is a difficulty in finding butcher also known as ‘Qasai’, as their rates are very high in those days and many people book them even before a month.
According to Islam, after cutting the meat, it is divided into three parts, one for your home, one for your relatives and one for the poor who rarely eat it before this day.
“It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches ALLAH, but it is piety from you that reaches Him. Thus have We subjected them to you that you may glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you, and give good tidings to the doers of good.”
Surah Al-Hajj (22:37)
This festival means a lot to all the Muslims so they enjoy it with their family and friends and there are BBQ parties at Eid nights and they rejoice it greatly.
On this occasion, we should remember those people who do not have enough sources to enjoy all these things as they are also human beings and they deserve each and every little moment of happiness. May ALLAH give us the courage to do the right and good things for others. Ameen
Feijial wishes you a very happy and joyous Eid ul Azha and Eid Mubarak to all the Muslims around the globe.
Written By: Eman Naveed