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Eid Ul Adha is a very joyous occasion for Muslims. It marks the conclusion of the Hajj pilgrimage and signals the beginning of the ritual of Udhiya also known as Qurbani. Muslims around the world celebrate it together albeit in their own cultural way. The main theme, of course, is to remember the story of Ibrahim (AS); to rejoice, regroup, and rekindle as a family and feast together.
Who Should Attend Eid Ul Adha Prayers?
Eid-ul-Adha is often prayed in huge open spaces (also known as Eidgah) or on vast dry lands to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of Muslims in attendance. Men and adult teenagers are required to attend, but women are not obligated to attend. People who happen to be in the state of travel are exempt from attending.
When is it Performed?
Eid-Ul-Adha has a fixed date; 10th of Dhul Hijjah. Dhul Hijjah is the last month of the Islamic calendar during which the Hajj pilgrimage is performed. After Eid Ul Adha prayers have concluded, Muslims perform the Qurbani ritual, sacrificing an animal (usually a goat, cow or a camel), following in the Sunna of Ibrahim (AS). The time for Qurbani is limited and it ends just 3 days later.
Preparing for Eid Ul Adha
As mentioned earlier, Eid ul Adha is a joyous occasion. As such, people dress up, put on perfume or bring gifts for other family members and friends. Putting on new clothes and a nice fragrance is Sunna. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was known to dress up on this day.
Muslim Aid wishes all of our Muslim members, fans, followers and all Muslims around the world a very happy and Glorious Eid Ul Adha. Be thankful for all that Allah SWT has given you and be sure to remember those who are not so fortunate in your prayers and donations.