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Eid-ul-Zuha: Symbolizing Sacrifice

Id-ul-Zuha (Bakr-Id), also known as Eid al-Adha or Id-ul-Adha, is a tradition followed from centuries. This festival is celebrated every year and this year in 2011 it falls on 7 Nov. Many Muslims celebrate this festival with special morning prayers, greetings and gifts. This festival is symbolizes sacrifice. Eid al-Adha (Id-ul-Zuha or Bakr-Id), which is on the 10th to 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijja.
Eid Mubarak | UdaipurBlog Eid-ul-Zuha is a festival that is celebrated with traditional fervor and gaiety in India and the world. They may sacrifice a sheep or goat and share the part with family members, neighbors and the poor. Many Muslims feel that they have a duty to ensure that all Muslims can enjoy a meal during this holiday.

Being a gazette holiday, the national, state and local government offices, post offices and banks shall remain closed on Eid al-Adha. Islamic stores, businesses and other organizations may be closed or have reduced opening hours. Large scale prayer meetings may cause local disruption to traffic. And probably traffic to the Chetak Circle zone remain closed for the special prayer to hold in the morning.

Faith behind celebrating the festival:

Muslims around the world believe that Allah commanded Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Ibrahim in the way of God agreed to sacrifice his son but impressed by the faith of Ibrahim, a miracle happened, and Allah at the last moment replaced his son by a sheep. ¬†Eid al-Adha is called Id-ul-Adha in Arabic and Bakr-Id in the Indian subcontinent, because of the tradition of sacrificing a goat or “bakr” in Urdu. The word “id” derived from the Arabic “iwd” means “festival” and “zuha” comes from “uzhaiyya” which translates to “sacrifice”.

Team UdaipurBlog wishes all our readers, a very happy and prosperous Eid ūüôā

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EID – UL – ZUHA

Eid Ul Zuha

EID-UL-ZUHA also called EID-UL-AZHA¬† in arabic and BAKRA-EID¬† in indian subcontinent , because of¬† tradition of sacrificing a goat or ” bakra” in urdu.

The word eid is derived¬† from the arabic word¬† ” iwa ”¬† means¬† festival¬† and ”¬† zuha ”¬† comes from ”¬† uzhaiya ”¬† which translates to sacrifice . On this day , muslims sacrifice a goat or bakra to commemorate the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim , who willingly agreed to kill his son at the behest of god .

This festival coincides with Haj pilgrimage in Mecca . Prayers are offered in the mosque and sacrificed meat is then distributed after the eid prayers . Special delicacies are prepared  and served among family and friends . This famous festival is celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety in India . Muslim people generally wear fresh new traditional dress that is white kurta pajama on this day . Usually people wear white dresses on this day because white is the symbol of peace .

The path which leads to god is of  love , peace and devotion . There is a small story which forms the basis of celebrating this festival .

The festival of bakra-eid is a commemoration of¬† Hazrat Ibrahim ‘s great test of obedience of allah , who ordered him to sacrifice the person dearest to him . Ibrahim then decided to sacrifice his son Ismail , at Meena near Mecca .¬† As the great religious leader was on the point of applying the sword to the throat of¬† his dear son Ismail , it was revealed to him that the exercise was merely a test of¬† his faith in allah and that he could sacrifice a goat instead.¬† Since from then bakra-eid is celebrated on the tenth day of¬† Zil Hijja that is the month of¬† the lunar¬† Islamic¬† calendar .

By  РSHEEBA PARVEEN