Eid al-Adha 2020: History and Significance of the day

Bakra Eid al Adha

Bakra Eid otherwise called Eid-ul-Adha is a significant festival celebrated by Muslims over the world. Out of the two Eids, Eid al-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha, which are praised by Muslims, Bakra Eid is supposed to be holier. It is praised toward the finish of Hajj, a yearly journey to Mecca which Muslims are required to set out on once in their life. Known as Eid al-Adha, Eid ul Adha, Id-ul-Azha, Id-ul-Zuha, Hari Raya Haji, or Bakr-id; the ‘Feast of Sacrifice’ is the most significant feast of the Muslim calendar.

Eid ul Adha is a celebration celebrated among Muslims everywhere throughout the world in recognition of the sacrifice that Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) made out of his solid confidence in Allah.

Eid al-Adha History

The festival of Eid al-Adha is a recognition of the Islamic prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham) total devotion to Allah. It is intended to respect the sacrifice that Ibrahim was more than ready to make for his God. The history of the day began when Ibrahim continued having a repetitive dream of himself slaughtering his adored child, Ismael, to satisfy the desires of God. Ibrahim addressed his child in regards to the fantasy, disclosing to him how God wanted him to make the sacrifice. Ismael, who was the same amount of a righteous man concurred with his dad and requested that he conform to the desires of Allah. Similarly, as he was going to make the sacrifice, Shaitan (the devil), came to tempt him and discourage him from making the sacrifice. Ibrahim attempted to evade him away by pelting Shaitan with stones. Allah saw his total commitment and sent Jibreel (Angel Gabriel), the Archangel, bearing a sheep for the slaughter. Jibreel revealed to Ibrahim that God was satisfied with his commitment to him and sent the sheep to be slaughtered instead of his child.

Eid al-Adha Significance

More than the act of sacrifice, Eid al-Adha is the festival of Ibrahim and Ismael’s love for Allah. The sacrifice is just implied as a motion that shows that one is eager to make a definitive sacrifice for Allah. It is the sacrifice of what one loves the most for God. In celebration of the sheep sent by Allah through Jibreel, Muslims over the globe sacrifice a goat or sheep in the soul of sacrifice. It is mandatory for the feast arranged from the sacrifice to be disseminated in three equivalent parts. Where one segment feeds the family, the second feeds the relatives and the third goes to poor people and penniless. It is regularly said that even though the meat nor the blood arrives at Allah, the dedication of His people contacts him.

The Islamic calendar depends on perceptions of the Moon and the length of a specific month can differ between years. Thus, anticipated dates of Eid al-Adha might be remedied toward the beginning of the month of Dhul Hijja. This is around 10 days before the beginning of the festival.

Other Names of Eid al-Adha

  • English – Feast of the Sacrifice
  • German – Opferfest
  • Dutch – Offerfeest
  • Romanian – Sărbătoarea Sacrificiului
  • Hungarian – Áldozati ünnep
  • Spanish – Fiesta del Cordero or Fiesta del Borrego
  • Kurdish – Cejna Qurbanê / جەژنی قوربان
  • Afghanistan and Iran – Eid Qurban (عید قربان)
  • Turkey – Kurban Bayramı
  • Brunei – Iduladha,
  • Indonesia – Hari Raya Aidiladha,
  • Malaysia – Hari Raya Haji or
  • Singapore – Hari Raya Korban
  • Philippines -Goat Eid
  • India and Pakistan – Greater Eid
  • Trinidad and Tobago – Bakara Eid
  • The Gambia, Guinea, and Senegal – Tabaski or Tobaski