Eid al Adha
Festival of the Sacrifice
What is Eid al Adha or, the "Festival of the Sacrifice"?
How the Day Goes
Is the Eid prayer different? If so how does it go?
The Eid prayer is a prayer that is specifically performed on the days of Eid in addition to the other 5 mandatory prayers. Scholars differ in opinion on whether the Eid prayer is mandatory or highly recommended. The Eid prayer is two units, rakah, long, and differs in some ways from regular prayer.
1. In the first rakah
- After the imam has said, Allahu Akbar, the action which is called 'takbir' raise your hands and follow
- There will be two more takbirs, for a total of three before the recitation. Follow each by raising your hands and then placing them at your side. After the third, hold them at your chest.
- The rest of the rakah proceeds in the same way as regular Muslim prayer.
2. In the second rakah
- The beginning of the prayer will proceed normally, however before going into 'sujood' or bowing, there will be three more takbirs. Follow them as before.
- The rest of the rakah proceeds like regular Muslim prayer.
After the prayer is over, there is a short sermon given by the imam, which many scholars consider obligatory.
What happens to the slaughtered animal?
- One section is kept for the family
- The second section goes to relatives, friends and neighbors
- The third section goes to the poor and the needy
The divisions are 'Sunnah,' meaning that they are not obligatory, and were are the preferred practice according to the Prophetic tradition.
How do people celebrate?
"How to Perform Eid Ul Adha Prayer." Eidul Adha. SoundVision, n.d. Web.