Eid-Al-Adha is one of the largest religious festivals, celebrated by Muslims all around the world. As the largest Muslim event which is known as the festival of the sacrifice or feast of the sacrifice carries multiple religious, cultural, and moral values. Let’s understand the significance of the largest festival of Muslims.
Eid-Ul-Adha: Feast of the Sacrifice
Hazrat Ibrahim which as known as “Khalīlullāh (Arabic: خَلِيْلُ ٱللهِ, “Friend of God”) ” was the Prophet Of Allah. He has performed one of the biggest sacrifices in the history of Islam which remembered and followed by Muslims all over the world as a religious festival.
This event or festival carries a lot of religious, and cultural values. Most importantly, this festival teaches us multiple important lessons as Muslims. It’s important to understand this prestigious religious event in a wider concept.
In addition, Muslims all over the world celebrate this event during a pilgrimage which is one of the five main pillars of Islam.
Essence of Eid-Ul-Adha
Muslims celebrate this event as a great festival of celebration. Moreover, as it’s a religious festival gifted by Allah in memorization of its beloved Prophet(P.B.U.H) greatest sacrifice contains multiple other important values and lessons too.
Acceptance OF Allah’s Will As Supreme Leader
Muslims believed in one God. They believe that all the powers belong to Allah. He is the supreme leader and the only one who gives us reward and countless blessings. We as Muslims are obliged to follow the orders of Allah at every cost.
Allah loves his person unlimited times. Certainly, that loves has no defined limits however he tests his beloved and special persons. Besides, he rewards them greatly as he wants his loved ones to oblige His worship in top priority.
“Narrated ‘Aishah: That the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: A human does no action from the actions on the day of Nahr more beloved to Allah then spilling blood. On the Day of judgment, it will appear with its horns, and hair, and hooves, and indeed the blood will be accepted by Allah from where it is received before it even falls upon the earth, so let your heart delight in it.”
Hazrat Ibrahim Trial Of Obedience
Allah has sent down many prophets for the teaching and guidance of mankind. The Prophets are pious noble persons and free from sins. Above all, like a special person, they also go through special trials and sacrifice personal wills in the way of Allah.
Hazrat Ibrahim is considered as a friend of Allah. Multiple concepts revolved around being a friend of Allah. First, Allah makes friends to pious ones, the one who deserves friendship of Allah. Second, He gets connected in every misery with his peoples. Last, as true Muslims, it’s important to love Allah, more than the children, wealth, or anything else.
Hazrat Ibrahim prays a lot to Allah for a son and Allah as blessings give him a beautiful, obedient son to Hazrat Ibrahim(A.S).
“He said: “I will go to my Lord! He will surely guide me
“O, my Lord! Grant me a righteous (son)!”(Alquran)”
Allah blessed the Holy Prophet with a son and describe in the Holy Quran in the following words.
“So We gave him the good news of a forbearing son.” Alquran)”
It was a great blessing of Allah for Hazrat Ibrahim(A.S). A father will always have a lot of love with his dear son however Allah decided to the exam on its beloved Prophet.
Then, when (the son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, he said: “O my son! I have seen in a vision that I offer thee in sacrifice: Now see what is thy view!” (The son) said: “O my father! Do as thou art commanded: thou will find me, if Allah so wills, one of the steadfast!”
Fulfillment of Allah’s Will
Hazrat Ibrahim(A.S) was a pious man of Allah has decided to follow the command of Allah at top priority. Certainly, it’s an unbelievable sacrifice for others however not for those who loved Allah on top priority. In addition, the devils tried to stop Hazrat Ibrahim however he remained determined.
Allah is very kind. He was just testing its man for making it a memorable example for all worlds. When Hazrat Ibrahim(A.S) tries to slaughter its belove son Allah replaces the child with a lamb. Most importantly, Allah accepted their devotion and make it a ritual for the rest of the Muslims forever.
“So when they had both submitted (to Allah), and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead (for sacrifice),. We called out to him “O Abraham! …
“Thou hast already fulfilled the vision!” – thus indeed do We reward those who do right. For this was a clear trial-
And We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice:
And We left for him among generations (to come) in later times:
“Peace and salutation to Abraham!”
Thus indeed do We reward those who do right.
. For he was one of Our believing Servants.”(Alquran)
Clearly, It’s a great sacrifice however also rewarded by Allah and makes it’s a ritual. Now Muslims all over the world celebrate this historical event like a festival.
First, Muslims sacrifice their beloved animals. Second, they also share the meat of their animals in three parts equally. Last, they arrange special gatherings to share happiness and love.
Cultural Values Of Eid Al-Adha
Festivals always bring peace, harmony, and happiness. Muslim festivals also spread love however it’s important to celebrate according to the religious values. It’s a social festival in which Muslims celebrate with their friends a family.
Prayer Of Eid Al-Adha
First, Muslims of all over the world perform a special prayer of Eid Al-Adha. They make large arrangements and together perform Prayer Of Eid Al-Adha.
This promotes unity and brotherhood, above all, Muslims seek special prayers for blessings and thanks to their God for blessings and beautiful day.
Last, they hug each other with great love and wish Eid’s greetings. Most importantly, they make celebrations without discrimination and slaughter their Animals on the name of God as their devotion. It’s in fact, also in the memory of the greatest sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim(A.S) and Hazrat Ismail(A.S).
Festival Of Care & happiness
Festivals represent celebration and undoubtedly Eid Al-Adha is also a festival of love and happiness. Muslims all over the world slaughter their beautiful animals and then share their meat in 3 equal parts.
First, they distribute the meat of the animal for themselves. second for the friends and relatives. Last, they use to divide the 3rd part for poor and needy peoples.
Muslims also wear new clothes, make important arrangements for family and friend gathering. Above all, they use to visit friends and families too. It’s important that Muslims also visit their needy friends and family.
share happiness and also participate in the problems of others on Eid. In addition, Muslims prefer to help needy and poor and share happiness socially with all other Muslims.
Moral Values Of Eid Al-Adha
- Islam encourages brotherhood. Muslims live with unity and shared the happiness and sorrows of their other Muslim brothers. Eid Al-Adha is a special event and Muslims visit their friend and families to share their happiness and sorrows.
- Islam believes in equality. Muslims by sacrificed their animals and get encouragement about sacrificing for others. Sacrifice provides them purity and enthusiasm about the blessings of God.
- After animal slaughter they consider themselves blessed. Most importantly its make their religious beliefs more strong.
- Muslims share their money and animals to help others which creates a sense of responsibility as a member of society.
- This festival increases the spirit of sacrifice for God’s will.
- Muslims consider every blessing is a gift from God and become ready to sacrifice for a reward.
Important Consideration About Eid al-Adha
- Strictly follow prescribe rules mention in Quran and hadees regarding animals for sacrifice
- Animals should have a specific, age with no injury or physical disability
- Prefer to slaughter best animals according to the financial condition
- Some people are exempt from animal slaughter because of the affordability issues
- Equal distribution of meat is strictly compulsory
- Prefer your needy relatives in your happiness during EID
- It’s important to slaughter, ego and quarrels on Eid al-Adha
- Above all, share happiness and peace with others during Eid Al-Adha
- Strictly follow the Sunnah and hadees regarding Eid al-Adha
- Perform Eid al-Adha during the pilgrimage is great blessings
- Muslims perform multiple important rituals related to Hazrat Ismail during a pilgrimage
Eid al-Adha is the greatest religious festival for Muslims. Above all, it’s a Holy ritual celebrated by Muslims in the memory of glorious sacrifice performed by Hazrat Ibrahim(A.S). Muslims on Eid-Ul-Adha perform a special prayer and slaughter animal in the way of Allah as devotion.
This festival is highly important and carries special religious, cultural, and social values for Muslims. In addition, this is a gifted festival for Muslims to become more pious and devoted. Besides, also celebrates by Muslims all over the world, as events of happiness and celebration.