Id-ul-Adha

"Feast of sacrifice"

The story behind Id-Ul-Adha

Id-ul-Adha celebrates when Allah appeared to Abraham and told him to sacrifice his son in an act of faith to Allah. The devil tempted Abraham saying he should disobey Allah, to save his son. As Abraham was strong in his faith, he went to kill his son but Allah stopped him and gave him a lamb to sacrifice instead.

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The celebration

Id-Ul-Adha is on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah and lasts for three days. It begins with Muslims going to the mosque for Sunnah prayer of two Rakats (evening prayers) followed by a Khutbah (sermon). Muslims dress in their best white clothes and receive blessings. A set of money is given to a charity, so that others too can celebrate. There is a sacrifice at sunset on the thirteenth day where, if you can afford it, a sheep is sacrificed as a reminder of Abrahams obedience to Allah. The meet is shared among family and friends and given to the poor, in equal shares.