Eid al-Adha 2018: Everything you need to know about Bakrid

Minnie Murray
August 21, 2018

Ramadan sees Muslims fast during daylight hours to become closer to God. Eid al-Adha honors the willingness of Ibrahim, the messenger in Islam, to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God's command. Bakra Eid is one of the two major festivals celebrated by Muslims across the world. It is also when Hajj, a pilgrimage which all able-bodied Muslims are required to complete once in their lives, takes place.

This year, Eid ul-Adha would commence in India on August 21, and continue until the evening of August 22. In the Islamic lunar calendar, the day is determined based on the sighting of the Crescent Moon and the New Moon.

Ibrahim and his wife travelled to Mecca to carry out the sacrifice, and where met with distractions. The festival which falls on the 10th of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah is celebrated with great pomp and fervour within the community.

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared August 21 as a holiday in honor of Eid'l Adha.

The cleric, who warned Muslims against using ill-gotten money for the purchase ram for sacrifice, noted that the Almighty Allah was pure and would accept only that which was clean and pure.

It is here that Muslims believe the devil tried to talk the Prophet Ibrahim out of submitting to God's will. In commemoration of the event, Muslims sacrifice animals and divide it into three parts - the family retains one-third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends, and neighbours; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy.

On Monday, worshipers performed day-long prayers and recitals of the Holy Qur'an on a rocky hill known as Mount Arafat, east of Mecca, where Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) delivered his last Hajj sermon.

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