Muslims celebrates two of the most important Islamic events of the year that are Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha. Muslims are gifted with the occasion in the end of the long fasting month of Ramadan; and another gift given by ALLAH to Muslims is Eid-ul-Adha, in the end of Hajj, the sacred pilgrimage to the holy Mecca. It’s obligatory for every able Muslim who can easily afford to visit (financially and physically) to perform Hajj at least once in a lifetime. Eid-ul-Adha is also very well known as the Festival of Sacrifice, this Muslim festival Eid-ul-Adha reminds us the Prophet Ibraheem (AS) generous act of sacrificing his own son Hazrat Ismaeel (AS) in the of way of ALLAH.
To honour and remember this outstanding act of sacrifice by Hazrat Ibraheem, every year after hajj Muslims sacrifice animals like camel, cow, lamb, goat, etc on the day of Eid-ul-Adha and give the qurbani meat to friends, neighbours, relatives and those who are poor and needy. Muslims who are away from the holy pilgrimage, Hajj, also follow this traditional of sacrifice. Therefore Eid-ul-Adha is also known as the Day of Sacrifice or the Feast of Sacrifice.
Eid-ul-Adha starts from the 10th day of the twelfth Islamic month that is Dhul-Hijjah or Zil-Hajj. Eid-ul-Adha is known with different names in different regions of the world. During performing the Hajj, Muslims commemorate and remember the trials and sacrifice of the Hazrat Ibraheem (AS).
One of the Hazrat Ibraheem (AS) main trials was to face and accept the command of ALLAH to sacrifice his only son Hazrat Ismaeel (AS). By hearing this command of ALLAH, he prepared himself to submit His son to ALLAH’S will. When Hazrat Ibraheem (AS) was all prepared to do it, ALLAH revealed to him that his “sacrifice” or Qurbani had already been fulfilled. Hazrat Ibraheem (AS) had shown that his love for his ALLAH is above to all that he would lay down his own life or the lives of those who are dear to him i.e. His own son Hazrat Ismaeel (AS) in order to submit and please to ALLAH.
During the festival or celebration of Eid al-Adha, Muslims give honour and remember Hazrat Ibraheem (AS) trials, by slaughtering an animal such as a camel, sheep, cow or goat. This action of sacrificing animals is very often misunderstood by those who are outside the faith.
The meat from the sacrificed animal on Eid al-Adha is mostly give to other Muslims like relatives, friends and the needy and poor, who are more deserving for getting that meat. The act of sacrificing animals symbolizes our willingness to give up things that are close to our hearts and beneficial, in order to follow the commands of ALLAH, it also symbolizes the willingness to make sacrifices in our lives in order to move or stay on the Straight Path. A true Muslim is one who submits his or herself utterly to the ALLAH and follows the commands of ALLAH completely and obediently.