Eid al-Adha, otherwise known as the festival of sacrifice, is the second most important holiday in the Muslim calendar. This year it will begin on Wednesday 23rd September 2015 and end on Sunday 27th September 2015.
Why is Eid al-Adha celebrated?
The occasion is marked to remember the Prophet Ibrahim’s compliance when God ordered him to sacrifice his son.
Origins of Eid al-Adha
Eid al-Adha originates from the story of the Prophet Ibrahim. Allah (God) appears before Ibrahim in a dream, asking him to sacrifice his only son Isma’il in a bid to show his dedication to God. However, the devil tempted Ibrahim telling him that if he disobeys Allah his son will be spared. Entirely devoted to Allah, just as Ibrahim was about to kill his son, Allah stopped him and gave him a lamb to slaughter instead.
How is Eid al-Adha celebrated?
Eid al-Adha is celebrated in many ways. It usually begins with Muslims attending prayers at their local Mosque, dressed in their best attire in order to thank Allah for their blessings. It is a time when family, friends and the community come together and those who can afford it sacrifice a sheep in the name of the Prophet Ibrahim. In the UK, this is only done in a slaughterhouse. The meat is then shared out amongst everybody and given to the poor and less fortunate. As a time for giving and helping, Muslims also give aid, food and money to the poor and homeless in their area. This Eid al-Adha, me and my family will again be giving out food and aid to the homeless community in Maidenhead.
Please donate, if you can to charity during this period.
Research Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion/islam/eid_haj.shtml