Eid ul Adha is one of the most significant holidays in the Islamic calendar.

Celebrated by 2 billion Muslims worldwide, it commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son in obedience to God’s command.

In this guide, we explore what Eid ul Adha means, how it is celebrated globally, and its relevance in the modern world.

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What is Eid ul Adha?

Eid ul Adha, which means “Festival of Sacrifice” in Arabic, marks the culmination of the Hajj pilgrimage in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

It is observed on the 10th day of Dhul-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic lunar calendar. The festival lasts for four days, during which Muslims remember and honor the sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim.

The story of Eid ul Adha is rooted in the Quran. Allah commanded Ibrahim to sacrifice his beloved son, Ismail, to test his faith.

Just as Ibrahim was about to fulfil the command, Allah replaced Ismail with a ram, signifying that the sacrifice was complete. This act of obedience and faith is the foundation of Eid ul Adha.

How is Eid Ul Adha Celebrated Globally?

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Eid ul Adha is celebrated with great enthusiasm across the Muslim world. Here are the common practices observed during Eid Ul Adha:

  • The day begins with a special prayer called Salat al-Eid, performed in congregation at mosques or open fields. Muslims dress in their finest clothes and gather to offer prayers and listen to the sermon.
  • The central ritual of this Eid is the sacrifice of an animal that satisfies the Udhiyah criteria, usually a goat, sheep, cow, or camel. The meat is then divided into three parts: one-third for the family, one-third for friends and neighbors, and one-third for the less fortunate.
  • Eid ul Adha emphasizes charity and compassion. Muslims are encouraged to give to the poor and perform acts of kindness, reflecting the spirit of sacrifice and generosity.
  • The festival is a time for socializing and strengthening community bonds. People visit relatives, friends, and neighbors, exchanging greetings and gifts.

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The Criteria of Dhabiha (Sacrifice)

Dhabiha, the act of sacrifice, lies at the core of what Eid ul Adha is all about. It symbolizes devotion, obedience, and the readiness to give up something valuable for the sake of God.

Here’s the criteria for Dhabiha:

  • Ensure the sacrifice is carried out humanely and in accordance with Islamic principles.
  • The animal must be healthy and not sick.
  • The slaughtering process must be swift and cause minimal suffering.
  • It is a must to distribute a portion of the sacrificed meat to the less fortunate.

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Halal Certification and Eid ul Adha

Halal certification plays a crucial role during Eid ul Adha, ensuring that the sacrificial meat adheres to Muslim dietary laws.

Halal certification guarantees that the animals are raised, slaughtered, and processed in accordance with Islamic principles, maintaining the integrity and purity of the food.

Here’s how halal certification is a big part of Eid Ul Adha:

  • Halal certification agencies work to ensure that all aspects of the Dhabiha process comply with Islamic guidelines. This includes the health and well-being of the animals, the slaughtering method, and the handling and distribution of the meat.
  • Halal certification provides consumers with confidence that the meat they consume during Eid ul Adha is permissible and meets the highest standards of quality and ethics. It also ensures transparency and accountability in the food supply chain.
  • Halal certification facilitates international trade, enabling Muslims around the world to access halal products. This is particularly important during Eid ul Adha festivities, when the demand for halal certified products is high.

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The significance of Eid ul Adha is in its sacrifice, charity, and community building.

At the end of the day, it commemorates the faith and obedience of Prophet Ibrahim and reinforces the values of compassion, generosity, and gratitude.

In the modern world, Eid ul Adha continues to be a time of reflection and unity for Muslims globally. The role of halal certification ensures that the practices and products associated with the festival maintain the integrity and trust of the Muslim community.

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1. What is the significance of Eid ul Adha?

A: Eid ul Adha commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son in obedience to God, symbolizing faith, obedience, and sacrifice.

2. How long does Eid ul Adha last?

A: Eid ul Adha lasts for four days, starting on the 10th day of Dhul-Hijjah.

3. What animals are typically sacrificed during Eid ul Adha?

A: The sacrificed animals should meet the Udhiyah criteria, which includes goats, sheep, cows, and camels.

4. How is the sacrificial meat distributed?

A: The meat is divided into three parts: one-third for the family, one-third for friends and neighbors, and one-third for the less fortunate.

5. What role does halal certification play during Eid ul Adha?

A: Halal certification ensures that the sacrificial meat and other food products comply with Islamic dietary laws, maintaining purity and integrity.