Eid Ul Adha 2019 will be celebrated from Sunday 11th August to Thursday 15th August, beginning with Eid Salaah and ending with Qurbani.
This is a time when Muslims come together globally to give praise to Allah and to give help to one another.
Eid Ul Adha is the celebration where Muslims everywhere remember the ultimate sacrifice that Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) was prepared to make.
In submission to Allah’s (SWT) will, and in defiance of the Devil Shaitan, the Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) went to the top of Mount Arafat to sacrifice his son, Hazrat Ishmael (A.S). At the final moment, Allah (SWT) miraculously moved the boy to safety and replaced his place on the altar with a beast – a Ram.
Eid Ul Adha happens every year in the holy month of Dhu-al-Hijjah, the month of the Hajj, but since the Islamic calendar is lunar rather than solar, it moves around the Gregorian calendar year, sometimes by as much as ten-eleven days.
Muslims know Eid Ul Adha by many names, including the Feast of Sacrifice, the Festival of the Lamb, Pilgrimage Feast, Great Day, and The Celebration of Livestock.
Eid Salaah is a special series of prayers, made in honour of deeds that represent the true meaning of Islam.
Muslims around the world celebrate with several days of prayers where Muslims ask for help living their lives the way that the Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) did, in line with how Allah (SWT) wills them to behave.
Qurbani marks the end of the Eid Ul Adha festival. It is the ritual slaughtering of an animal – either a sheep, lamb, goat, cow, bull, buffalo, or a camel. The slaughter must be done in a Halal way, meaning it is humane and carefully organised to meet standards Allah (SWT) dictated to the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in the Qu’ran.
The animal for the sacrifice is paid for by every Muslim household and every member of that household. If someone does not have income, another person can pay on their behalf, usually the head of the household.
Muslims praise Allah (SWT) in their prayers and worship amidst Eid Salaah, making special time to visit the Mosque to perform specific and special prayers not often seen in other times of the year.
Giving happens at the Qurbani, as the meat from the sacrificed animals is then supposed to be shared out among the poor.
Muslim Aid collects financial Qurbani donations every Eid Ul Adha so that Muslims in countries like the UK can ensure that those elsewhere facing poverty and hardship can enjoy and celebrate the festival of Eid-ul-Adha.
From all at Muslim Aid, Eid Mubarak to you all.