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Eid-ul-Adha 2024: A Global Celebration of Sacrifice and Devotion

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Eid-ul-Adha, also known as Bakrid, marks a significant occasion in the Islamic calendar that symbolizes sacrifice and dedication to Allah. The festival, observed in the month of Dhul Hijjah, commemorates the story of Prophet Ibrahim‘s unwavering devotion. Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid-ul-Adha with deep reverence for Prophet Ibrahim and his son, Ismael, mirroring their willingness to submit to God’s will.

Notably, the crescent moon sighting heralds the start of Dhul Hijjah, coinciding with the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Countries like Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, and others mark Eid al-Adha on varying dates based on the lunar calendar. For instance, Saudi Arabia confirmed the crescent moon sighting on June 06, 2024, setting the celebration for July 16, 2024.

The history of Eid-ul-Adha traces back to Prophet Ibrahim’s recurring dream of sacrificing his son, Ismael, in obedience to God’s command. Overcoming temptations from Shaitan, Prophet Ibrahim’s steadfast faith led to divine intervention, replacing Ismael with a sheep for sacrifice. This symbolic act of sacrifice underscores the essence of Eid-ul-Adha, emphasizing submission and devotion to Allah.

On the tenth day of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims worldwide offer Eid al-Adha prayers at mosques, followed by the ritualistic slaughter of animals as an act of gratitude and sacrifice. The sacrificial meat is divided into portions to cater to families, relatives, and the disadvantaged, symbolizing the spirit of sharing and compassion integral to Eid-ul-Adha celebrations.

Furthermore, Eid-ul-Adha festivities extend to feasting on traditional dishes like mutton biryani, korma, and desserts such as sheer khurma. The joyous occasion sees families coming together to exchange gifts, offer prayers, and engage in charitable acts, resonating with the spirit of sacrifice and unity that Eid-ul-Adha embodies.

Rachel Adams

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