If you’ve Muslims around where you live then you can feel the excitement in the air as they prepare to celebrate Eid Al Adha.
This celebration, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice is celebrated by Muslims worldwide for a period of two-three days. They attend prayers in major mosques in their cities most times in their new clothes. Muslims also exchange gifts during the celebration. They also visit family and friends and spend their time feasting on tasty meals prepared for the occasion.
According to The Prophet of Islam, Muhammad, Eid Al Adha “is a tradition that has come down to us from Abraham.”
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The celebration dates back to the origin of the Islamic religion itself. God had commanded Abraham in a dream to sacrifice his only son Ishmael. Abraham in total obedience had indeed proceeded with the instructions and had laid Ishemeal on an altar erected, preparing to slay him in sacrifice. But before he did so, God sent his angel Gabriel to provide a huge ram to Abraham. God then instructed Abraham to use the ram instead of his son Ishmael. He informed him that the instruction has been fulfilled. The story is detailed in Chapter 37 of the Holy Qur’an.
Additionally, the Feast of Sacrifice also marks the climax of Hajj or Pilgrimage. The Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam. The annual pilgrimage to Makkah and Madina both in Saudi Arabia is an instruction from God to Muslims who can afford the trip and are sound of body and mind once a year.
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