The coronavirus pandemic has slowed down the wheels of the global economy. Slowly we are approaching a death count of one million across the world. Amidst the chaos, Muslims communities are celebrating their holiest festival Eid al-Adha. There are over 1.8 billion people who follow Islam, making up 24.1% of the total population Islamic.
Over 3.45 million Muslims are living in the United States as per a study. However, we aren’t talking about demographics here. We are sharing the information about Eid al-Adha, which is also called Bakrid. The word ‘Bakri’ in Bakrid stands for goat, which has immense importance for the holiday.
Eid al-Adha: What is it?
Eid al-Adha is one of the two most important Islamic festivals celebrated every year. It comes after Eid al-Fitr. Even though it is the last festival, it is considered the holiest of the two. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr is also popularly known as Ramadan Eid.
The Eid al-Adha holds a most sacred place among the Muslim community because it teaches about sacrifice and helping out the neighbourhood. It is also called the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’. It is celebrated to honour the obedience of Ibrahim, who was willing to sacrifice his son when God commanded him to do so.
When Ibrahim was ready for his son’s sacrifice, God provided a lamb to him. He commanded him to sacrifice the lamb instead of his son. That’s the reason this day teaches us about the value of sacrificing something dear to us for the greater good.
The festival started from Thursday on July 30, 2020, and ends on the evening of Friday, July 31 2020. This year, Saudi Arabian Islamic scholars announced that it would be celebrated on July 31 2020. However, Islamic scholars of India announced that the festival would be observed a day later – August 1.
The festival is celebrated for sacrificing animals like sheep, goat, lamb, buffalo, cow, or camel. Depends upon in which part of the world it’s being observed. The sacrificial animal’s meat is collected, and some part is distributed among the poor.
The symbolism of this festival says that life is nothing without sacrifice. If you have taken anything from society, you should always remember it and give something back to it.
Let us know where you are celebrating it, the memories of the day from childhood in the comments. Make sure to follow Mangum Star for more updates.