Bakra Eid Special: Here is Why Muslim Sacrifice an animal

Aug 16 2018 04:12 PM
Bakra Eid Special: Here is Why Muslim Sacrifice an animal

Muslim community around the world believes that Allah commanded Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael and he followed God's guidelines, but his son was replaced by a sheep at the last moment. Muslims celebrate this event as Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha is called Id-ul-Adha in Arabic and Bakr-Id in the Indian subcontinent, owing to the tradition of sacrificing a goat or "Bakri" in Urdu. In this festival many special prayers are held by Muslims to celebrate with greetings and gifts.

During the celebration of Bakra Eid, Muslims remember Abraham’s Bakra Eid. Here is Why Muslim Sacrifice?

Before Abraham sacrificed his son, God provided a male goat to sacrifice in its place. In commemoration of this, an animal is sacrificed and divided into three parts –

One-third of the share is given to the poor and needy.

Another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbours.

the remaining third is consumed by the family.

According to the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah. In the international (Gregorian) calendar, the dates vary from year to year drifting just about 11 days earlier each year. This year Eid al-Adha is to be celebrated on 23 August 2018. On this day there is a public holiday.

They (Muslim community) slaughter an animal such as a sheep, camel, or goat. This action is very frequently misunderstood by those outside the faith.

This festival is celebrated to act symbolizes our willingness to give up things that are of advantage to us or close to our hearts, in order to pursue Allah’s commands. This festival also symbolizes our compliance to give up some of our own bounties, in order to make stronger ties of friendship and help those who are in need.

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