Eid-ul Adha is one of the two biggest religious celebtations of the Muslim communities around the world. The day of Eid-ul-Adha occurs on the tenth day of the Islamic lunar calendar's last month, Dhu-al-Hijjah. The festival is held following the completion of the yearly Holy Pilgrimage of Hajj, which is a requirement for all Muslims who meet certain qualifications. The dates of the festivities is based on the sighting of the moon. Stay with us to know the key teachings of the holy Eid-ul-Adha.
What is Eid-ul-Adha?
The celebration of Eid ul-Adha takes place on the tenth day of the last month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar, which is known as Dhu al-Hijjah. This holy celebration occurs following the Holy Hajj, which is an obligation for Muslims who meet particular criteria. Hajj is one of the most significant Five Pillars of Islam, the celebration is contingent on sighting of moon.
To honour Prophet Ibrahim's unwavering commitment to Allah SWT and his willingness to give up his son Ismail as a sacrifice, the holiday of Eid ul-Adha is observed annually. Ismail was about to be sacrificed when Allah SWT intervened and changed him into a sheep instead. The sheep was destined to be killed in lieu of Ismail.
This mandate from Allah SWT put the Prophet Ibrahim PBUH into a test of his commitment to execute the order of the almighty creator without doubt. As a result, the holiday of Eid-ul-Adha is also known as the festival of sacrifice.
Top 8 Lessons to Learn from the Holy Eid-ul-Azha
The holy celebration of Eid-ul-Adha reminds the muslim community of prophet Ibrahim, who followed the order of Almighty Allah-Ta'ala without any doubt or question. One of the two primary takeaways from this historic incident is the spirit of obedience.
The second thing that may be learned from this incident is the willingness of sacrifice for the creator. Hajrat Ibrahim was ready to give his own son up as a sacrifice to the almighty Allah SWT, which indicates that the prophet put the wish of his creator before his son whom he loved most on earth.
This holy ritual teaches muslims to sacrifice their precious things for the sake of Allah SWT. Though sacrificing animals in Qurban Eid, Muslims aim to purify their souls removing the inner greed, gudge, hatred, etc.
Spiritual, Physical, Mental, Financial Exercise
This celebration occurs every year at the end of Haj, the holy pilgrimage of Muslims, a journey in which Muslims spend the best of their mental, spiritual and physical efforts, time and money. On the last day of Hajj, Muslim pilgrims purchase the best animal they can afford, sacrifice it in the name of Allah.
On the holy celebration of Ed-ul-Adha, Muslims, who fulfil the criteria of Qurbani, sacrifice a halal animal. It means that the animal needs to be purchased with halal income which can be considered as financial sacrifice.
After slaughtering a sacrificial animal, Muslims around the world distribute the meat into 3 shares: one for needy people; another share for relatives, neighbours and the final share for their own family. They also celebrate the occasion by feasting upon it.
By demonstrating that one is able to give up something that one cares deeply about just because Allah commanded it, a believer Muslim can establish a spiritual connection with Allah SWT. Through the process of Qurban on holy Eid-ul-adha, muslims experience physical, and spiritual exercise.
In order to make a sacrifice on Eid-Ul-Adha, Muslims must first acquire an animal, which can be a goat, sheep, camel, or cow. Before the celebration, the muslims take excellent care of the sacrificial animals, and allow themselves to get emotionally attached to it.
A believer Muslim reaches a whole new divine level when he or she sacrifices the animal. This sacrifice is painful for the devotee as he or she has gotten attached to the sacrificial animal and would want to retain it as a pet in order to make a sacrifice in the name of Allah.
They come to understand compassion and realise that animals also need to be given attention and care. It makes their hearts more receptive and teaches them to be kind and show appreciation for Allah's creations.
Even if the Muslims are not enthusiastic about the new pet they have acquired on the Eid-ul-Adha, they care about the money they have spent. They could have spent it on something else, but in order to honour Allah SWT, they have decided to spend the money on sacrificial animals. This practice teaches muslims to be generous in the way of Allah. It also teaches not to get too attached to the transient and material things of this world.
Generosity and willingness to do charity enable the muslims to be more kind and helpful to the people of their respective societies, communities, or countries. Via acts of kindness, compassion, and empathy the Muslims are able to convey their gratitude to Allah SWT.
Boost to Economy
The believer Muslims who fulfil certain criteria, purchase sacrificial animals centering Eid-ul-Adha, as a part of the ritual of sacrifice. They make payment to the sellers, who are mostly shepherds and farmers who earn their livelihood by growing animals to sell on Qurban Eid. This is one of the aspects of the ritual that contributes to the economy.
In this festival of sacrifice, the wealthy Muslims donate meat to the needy people. Thus people who can’t afford to purchase animals might benefit from the sacrifices made by others. In addition to that, the prosperous members of the Muslim society donate some of their money to the less fortunate members. Moreover, in most of the cases, the skin of the animal is given to charity organisations as a donation.
People get together for Eid prayer and meet one other, experience a feeling of solidarity with their Muslim brothers, conduct the ritual of sacrifice, and distribute meat among friends and family. This is the social side of the ritual of sacrifice.
When they share the meat with their neighbours, friends, and relatives instead of hoarding it all for themselves, people in the whole Muslim community learn how to care for those around them.
During this festival, the Muslims get together with their loved ones, family members, relatives, and close friends in order to enjoy feasts and share the joy of celebration with one another. It is a wonderful chance for socialising in this digital world where people hardly meet or talk without reasons.
On Eid-ul-Adha, the devotee muslims follow the ritual of sharing meat of the sacrificial animal to distressed people. There are many people in the society and community who can’t afford protein all year round. Through this ritual of sharing, the needy people get the opportunity to eat adequate meat.
This lesson of sharing encourages people to increase their level of mutual assistance and collaboration, as well as to experience pleasure through equality, fraternity, and oneness. The teachings of Eid-ul-Adha permeate all aspects of one's life, including personal, familial, social, cultural, political, national, international, and even the otherworldly.
So far, we have discussed what to learn from holy Eid-Ul-Adha, the festival of sacrifice. While you spend time taking care of your sacrificial animal and sacrifice it on Qurban Eida, keep all these teachings in mind, thus you may experience particular delight and spiritual fulfilment.