Eid al Adha

Eid al Adha

Have you ever wondered why Eid al Adha is such a special time for millions of Muslims worldwide? Eid ul-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, is a significant Islamic celebration with deep meaning and traditions. It commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, showing his devotion and obedience to God’s command. This festival isn’t just about sacrifice, it’s a time for unity, gratitude, and sharing blessings with those around us.

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What is Eid al-Adha?

Eid al-Adha, also called the “Festival of Sacrifice,” is a significant Islamic celebration that honors Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion to God. It marks the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command, showcasing the essence of faith and submission. God provided a ram as a substitute for the sacrifice, symbolizing the ultimate test of Ibrahim’s dedication.

Why do Muslims celebrate Eid ul Adha?

Muslims celebrate Eid ul-Adha to honor Prophet Ibrahim’s Sacrifice, unwavering devotion, and obedience to God’s command. This significant occasion signifies sacrifice and faith, commemorating Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of submission to God’s will. Eid ul-Adha emphasizes the values of generosity, unity, and gratitude, observed through prayers, charitable acts, and the tradition of sacrificial offerings known as Qurbani Eid.

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What is the history of Eid al-Adha?

The history of Eid al-Adha dates back to the story of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham).  Ibrahim received a command in a dream from God to sacrifice his son as a test of his faith. Willing to submit to God’s will, Ibrahim prepared to fulfill this command. However, when Prophet Ibrahim  (Abraham) was about to carry out the sacrifice, God intervened and provided a lamb to sacrifice instead, accepting Ibrahim’s unwavering devotion. This event symbolizes obedience, sacrifice, and the significance of submission to Allah’s will. Muslims commemorate this act of faith and submission by celebrating Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice as a reminder of Ibrahim’s devotion and God’s mercy.

What is the Duration of Eid al-Adha?

Eid al-Adha typically spans three days, starting on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic lunar calendar.

Dates of Eid al-Adha in 2023 and 2024

How to Celebrate Eid al-Adha?

Muslims celebrate Eid ul Adha by doing the following things:

1. Eid Prayer on Eid al Adha

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Muslims start Eid day with a special congregational prayer, known as the Eid prayer, held at mosques or open spaces.

2. Exchanging Greetings and Wishes

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After performing the Eid prayer Muslims share warm hugs and greetings by saying Eid Mubarak to friends, family, and neighbors, spreading joy and blessings.

3. Chanting Takbeerat

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Muslims recite Takbeerat, glorifying Allah, throughout Eid days as an expression of faith and celebration.

“Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La ilaha illallah, Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Wa lillahil hamd.”

Translation: “God is the Greatest, God is the Greatest, There is no deity but God, God is the Greatest, God is the Greatest, And all praises are due to God.”

4. Ritual Slaughter (Qurbani)

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Many households perform Qurbani, sacrificing animals like sheep, goats, camels, or cows symbolizing obedience to Allah.

5. Dressing Traditionally

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On this Holy occasion, Muslims often wear their traditional attire that reflects festivity and respect for the occasion. In Pakistan, Muslims wear shalwar and kurta, In Saudi Arabia Muslims wear thobe or thawb, etc.

6. Eid al-Adha Feasting and Sharing Meals

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Families come together for elaborate meals, especially featuring dishes made from the sacrificed animal like biryani, mutton krai, kabab, and tikka, etc fostering unity and sharing blessings.

As Qurbani (sacrificing animal) is central to this celebration I wanna discuss Questions that are compulsory to know about animal sacrifice.

What are the Rules of Qurbani (sacrificing animals)? 

The rules of Qurbani (animal sacrifice) in Islam include:

  • Animal Selection: Choose animals like sheep, goats, cows, or camels meeting specific age and health criteria as per Islamic guidelines.
  • Intention (Niyyah): Have a clear intention of performing Qurbani solely for pleasing Allah and following the Sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim.
  • Timing: Perform the sacrifice during the prescribed time, which begins after Eid prayers and extends until the sunset of the 12th of Dhu al-Hijjah.
  • Animal Welfare: Ensure the animal is well-fed, in good health, and treated with compassion and kindness. It should not have any defects or injuries.
  • Distribution of Meat: Divide the meat into three equal parts— one for personal consumption, one for relatives and friends, and one for the less fortunate.
  • Participation in Sacrifice: While not mandatory, it’s encouraged for those offering Qurbani to witness or participate in the sacrifice if possible.

What to do If an animal gets harmed, dies, or lost after you buy it with the intention of Qurbani?

  • If an animal gets harmed If the animal bought for Qurbani gets hurt without the buyer’s fault, it can still be used for sacrifice. Islamic scholars agree that if the harm wasn’t the buyer’s mistake, the sacrifice is valid. When you buy an animal for this purpose, it’s considered chosen for sacrifice. So, if the animal gets hurt after purchase unintentionally, it’s still accepted for Qurbani according to Islamic rules.
  • But if the damage or harm results from the buyer’s wrongdoing or negligence, it’s the owner’s responsibility to replace the animal with a suitable one for the sacrifice.
  • However, if this animal dies or gets lost, Qurbani will not remain Waajib on him. It will not be necessary for him to buy another animal. If he buys another animal and after that, the first one is found, it becomes Waajib upon him to sacrifice both animals.

Qurbani is obligatory for whom?

Qurbani, or animal sacrifice, is obligatory for financially capable adult Muslims who meet specific wealth criteria known as Nisab during the days of Eid al-Adha.

The exact Nisab for the obligation of Qurbani is based on the value of silver, which is roughly equivalent to the cost of 612.36 grams of silver. If one’s wealth meets or exceeds this value after deducting debts and necessary expenses, they become obligated to perform the Qurbani sacrifice during Eid al-Adha.

Is Qurbani obligatory for those who meet the financial criteria (nisab), and what are the consequences for intentionally avoiding it?

In Islam, the act of sacrifice (Qurbani) is considered either “Wajib” or “Farz” for eligible individuals who possess the Nisab (wealth threshold). If someone meets the criteria for Qurbani and deliberately avoids performing it without a valid reason then Prophet Muhammad mentioned that person

Narrated by Hazrat Abu Hurairah Prophet Muhammad mentioned that an individual who is capable of performing Qurbani but intentionally avoids doing so should not even approach the Eidgah (place of Eid prayer).

What criteria determine the selection of an animal for sacrifice during Eid al-Adha?

What is the Method of Slaughtering an Animal?

The proper method of slaughtering an animal for Qurbani during Eid al-Adha involves several considerations to ensure a humane and respectful sacrifice.

  • Sharp Knife: A sharp knife should be used to swiftly slit the animal’s throat to minimize pain.
  • Avoiding Torture: The knife shouldn’t be sharpened in the animal’s presence, and the animal should not be hungry or thirsty during the slaughter.
  • Handling with Care: The animal should not be dragged, and the slaughter should occur away from other animals’ view.
  • Positioning and Slaughtering: The animal should be placed comfortably and swiftly slaughtered without excessive force, ensuring the knife does not sever the head or reach the spinal cord.
  • Recitations: Before slaughtering, a prayer indicating devotion to Allah and the intention for sacrifice should be recited. During the slaughter, “Bismillahi Allahu Akbar” is said.
  • Post-Slaughter Du’aa: After slaughter, a supplication is made to Allah to accept the sacrifice, echoing the acceptance of Prophet Muhammad and Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifices.

What are the rulings on meat distribution?

The rulings on meat distribution after performing Qurbani during Eid al-Adha involve the following aspects:

1. Apportioning the Meat

While it’s recommended to divide the meat into three parts—part for the family, part for friends and relatives, and part for the poor—it’s not mandatory. Keeping all the meat for oneself is permissible.

2. Distribution Method

If the animal has multiple shares, the meat should be distributed by weighing it, except if the head, feet, or skin are included in the shares. Estimation is not recommended.

3. Sale Prohibition

Selling Qurbani meat is not allowed. It’s also not permissible to use the meat as payment for those who perform the slaughtering or skinning; they should be paid separately.

4. Voluntary Qurbani Meat

The meat from voluntary (nafl) Qurbani made on behalf of a deceased person may be consumed by anyone.

5. Consumption and Serving

Qurbani meat can be consumed personally or served to others, such as at a Walima (marriage feast).

6. Use of Skin

Using the skin for personal purposes, like as a prayer mat (Musalla) or a leather pouch, is permissible. However, if the skin is sold, its income must be given to charity, as it’s not allowed to use the income for oneself.

What interpretations exist about Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice of his son in Islam, Christianity, and Judaism?

Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham in Christianity) is revered in Islam, Christianity, and Judaism as a significant figure. In Islam, he’s known for his unwavering faith and submission to God’s will. One of the most pivotal events associated with him is the story of his willingness to sacrifice his son, Isma’il (Ishmael), as a testament to his obedience to God. According to Islamic tradition, this act symbolizes absolute devotion to God’s commands.

Similarly, in the Old Testament of the Bible, Abraham is depicted as the patriarch willing to sacrifice his son Isaac, not Ishmael as in Islamic tradition. This event, known as the Binding of Isaac, also signifies Abraham’s obedience to God’s command. While the specifics differ between the Islamic and Judeo-Christian narratives, the essence of obedience and faith in divine commands remains a shared theme across these Abrahamic faiths.

What are the rewards of sacrificing animals in Islam?

  • The act of Qurbani holds profound significance in Islam. It’s not the meat or blood that reaches Allah, but rather the piety and sincerity behind the sacrifice, as mentioned in the Quran:
لَن يَنَالَ اللَّهَ لُحُومُهَا وَلَا دِمَاؤُهَا وَلَٰكِن يَنَالُهُ التَّقْوَىٰ مِنكُمْ" 
"It is not their meat, nor their blood that reaches Allah. It is your piety that reaches Him."
(Quran, Surah Al-Hajj 22:37)

Hazrat Ayesha narrated that Rasulullah (s.a.w) has said

There is nothing dearer to Allah during the days of Qurbani than the sacrificing of animals. The sacrificed animal shall come on the day of Qiyamah with its horns, hair, and hooves (to be weighed in Sawaab). The sacrifice is accepted by Allah before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore sacrifice with an open and happy heart.

Hadrat Zaid ibn Arqam relates that the companions of Rasulullah  (s.a.w) asked,

O Rasulullah  (s.a.w)  what is Qurbani? He replied: It is the Sunnah of your father Ibrahim. They asked again: What benefit do we get from it? He answered, A reward for every hair of the sacrificed animal. And what reward is there for animals with wool? they asked. A reward for every fiber of the wool, replied the Holy Prophet (s.a.w).

Rasulullah (s.a.w) said, The person who makes Qurbani with a willing heart and with the niyyat of Sawaab, then on the day of Judgment that Qurbani will shield him from the fires of Hell.

Eid al-Adha Wishes Messages

Wishing you a blessed Eid filled with joy, peace, and the acceptance of your sacrifices by the Almighty. Eid Mubarak!
May this Eid bring you immense blessings, happiness, and the acceptance of your devotion and sacrifices. Have a wonderful Eid al-Adha!

Sending heartfelt wishes for a joyous Eid that shines with the blessings of Allah’s mercy and the acceptance of your sacrifices. Eid Mubarak!


Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice. This celebration commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, as an act of obedience to God’s command, and the substitution of a ram in place of his son. Wishing you a meaningful and joyous Eid al-Adha!   

Is it permissible to perform Qurbani on behalf of deceased relatives?

Yes, it is permissible to offer Qurbani on behalf of deceased relatives. The practice of performing Qurbani for them is considered a noble act in Islam, allowing for the reward to benefit the deceased as an act of charity.

Why do Muslims avoid trimming nails and cutting hair during the ten days of Zulhijjah when intending to perform Qurbani?

In Islam, when someone intends to perform a sacrifice (Qurbani) during the first ten days of Zulhijjah, it’s recommended (Sunnah) not to trim nails and hair during this period until after the Qurbani is completed.

Why is Eid al-Adha celebrated after Hajj?

Eid al-Adha follows the Hajj’s conclusion, symbolizing the pilgrimage’s end.

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