Eid-ul-Zuha is derived from the Arabic words Eid, which means festival, and Zuha which comes from Uzhaiyya meaning sacrifice. Celebrated on the 10th day of the Islamic month Zul Hijjah, Bakrid is celebrated for around three days. This year the celebrations for Eid-ul-Zuha will begin on July 10, Sunday.
As per Islamic beliefs, the day is celebrated in the remembrance of the sacrifice that Prophet Ibrahim made out of his strong faith in Allah. It is believed that Prophet Ibrahim had nightmares of sacrificing his son Prophet Ismail to God. When he revealed his nightmares to his son, even he agreed and asked his father to sacrifice him to God.
Moved by their strong devotion and faith, Allah sent angel Jibra’il with a goat. Jibra’il informed Prophet Ibrahim that God was pleased with his devotions towards him and that he has asked to replace his son with the goat. Therefore, Eid-ul-Zuha commemorates Ibrahim’s intended sacrifice of his son Prophet Ismail to God.
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On the day of Bakrid, Muslims across the globe offer special namaz at mosques after the sun has completely risen. The Eid-ul-Adha namaz should be attended just before the sun enters the Zuhr time i.e. the midday prayer time. After the prayer, the Muslims attend the Khutbah or sermon by the Imam.
Once people come back home after attending the special namaz they wish each other Eid Mubarak and offer the sacrifice of goat and sheep. This sacrifice of animals is known as Qurbani and it is distributed among the poor. The celebration that follows later includes eating a delicious meal, sharing the joy with family, relatives and neighbours, and donating tocharity.
Eid al-Adha is also known as the Festival of Sacrifice. It celebrates a story about a prophet called Ibrahim (Abraham). Allah (God) told Ibrahim he had to sacrifice his son Ishamel to prove his faith.
Eid al-Adha is typically a four-day holiday with celebrations lasting until the 13th of Dhul Hijjah. The three days after Eid al-Adha (the 11th, 12th, and 13th of Dhul Hijjah) are known as the Days of Tashreeq and are often considered a part of the holiday’s celebrations.