Eid-al-Adha 2020: Know the Significance of This Festival
Also known as the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’, Eid al-Adha or Bakrid is an important festival celebrated by the Muslim community in India and around the world. This year, it starts July 30 and ends on July 31, in the evening. The festival is also referred to as Eid Qurban or Qurban Bayarami. It is said that the festival is one of the two most popular and significant Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide — the first one is Eid al-Fitr.
Till date, the festival honours the willingness of Ibrahim and his son, and their devotion to Allah. So as per traditions, Muslims across the globe sacrifice a goat or a sheep. Then a part of the meal is distributed among the needy and the poor. It is essentially about giving back to the society.
The legend of Bakrid goes like this: Islamic prophet Ibrahim was having recurring dreams wherein he saw himself sacrificing his son Ismael to appease Allah.
When he shared his dreams with his son, the latter told him that if it is God’s will, then it must be done.
But before the sacrifice could happen, God — pleased with the duo’s absolute devotion — sent Jibreel (an angel) to them, who told them to sacrifice a lamb instead.
It is observed on the tenth day of the Dhu al-Hijjah, which is 12th month as per Islamic calendar.
It is one of the most sacred months, during which the Haj pilgrimage also takes place. Since Dhu al-Hijjah literally means the ‘month of pilgrimage’.
While Saudi Arabia has announced July 31 as the date of Eid al-Adha. The Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid has said it will be celebrated in India a day later, on August 1.
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