Eid al-Adha

12 Oct

There are two major holidays in Islamic world: Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr . Eid al-Adha or “Sacrifice Feast” is the biggest and the holiest Islamic holiday which is celebrating around the globe. It is timed to the ending of the Hajj and is celebrating in 70 days after Eid al-Fitr.


According to the Koran prophet Ibrahim has a dream where the angel is giving him a command from Allah to sacrifice the son. The name of the son isn’t told in the Koran, however in the legend the name of the eldest son Ismail is always mentioned. Ibrahim goes to Minh’s valley, it is a place where Mecca is situated nowadays, and begin the preparations. His son knows about it but isn’t resist as he is obedient to the father and Allah. However it is a test from Allah so when the sacrifice has been almost made, Allah stops it and the victim of the son has been replaced by a ram and the prophet Ibrahim has been granted the safe birth of the second son — Isaak. This story is demonstrating the true Ibrahim’s devotion which has passed even severe trials.

The holiday of sacrifice is the hajj culmination to Mecca. The day before pilgrims ascend on the Mountain Arafat, and in day of Sacrifice make symbolical stones throwing and Tawaf (seven times circumambulating the Kaaba). Before the celebration Muslims must make full ablution and to put on clean and festive clothes. The ram, camel or cow can be the victim. The victim must be young (at least half a year), healthy and without any flaws. It is desirable to sacrifice one sheep or a goat for a person or a cow (camel) — for a family. Usually skins of sacrificial animals are given to the mosque. The meat is divided into three parts: 1/3 to the family, 2/3 to relatives and friends and the remaining part is given to the needy and poor. Traditionally Muslims cook the meat and eat it all together. It is necessary to try various refined meat dishes.

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