Eid al Adha

BY Colin Murphy and Dylan Meehan

Eid al Adha is a ritual sacrifice at the end of the Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage. This sacrifice represents when Abraham was asked by god to sacrifice Ishmael. Before Abraham was going to sacrifice him Angel Gabriel stepped in and replaced Ishmael with a ram and Abraham sacrificed the ram. This holiday is celebrated to recreate that scene. This sacrifice was a test to see how deeply Abraham would listen to god, since god had told him to sacrifice one of his sons he would have to do that to prove he would listen to god, by getting past that and getting ready to kill his son proved that he would do listen to god, so a ram was placed on the alter and the ram was sacrificed.
All the members of a muslim family perform Eid al-adha prayers known as Salat during the four days of Eid al-adha. Another prayer is said over the animal, to show that the killing of the animal is not for sport, but for food. The animals throat must be cut quickly and with a sharp knife because it is the least painful way of killing the animal. The animal must be drained of blood before it is cooked. It is said that meat is divided into three equal parts among family and friends, neighbors and poor people. Eid al adha is the “festival of sacrifice”.

Eid al Adha

When: Wednesday, September 23 Through September 26 following a christian solar calender. Following the Islamic lunar celnder it will begin on the 10th of Dhu'l-hijja through the 13th of Dhu'l-hijja.


Where: Starting in Mecca but in all Muslim houses across the world.

Did you know?

The Eid prayer can de done in an open space and Muslims hug each other after the prayer while saying "Eid Mubarak".


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