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Why do Muslims sacrifice on Eid-Ul-Zoha?

Bakrid muslim sacrifice goatBakrid, alias Eid-ul-Zoha means Eid of sacrifice and is celebrated after 70 days of Ramzan. In year 2018, it will be celebrated from 21st August till 24th August. The festival holds special importance in the lives of Muslim community. On this propitious day, it has been mandated in Islam, that Muslims have to sacrifice goat and offer prayers in mosque. The right time to offer prayers is when the sun is completely risen in the sky. Women can also be part of prayers but it is not a mandate. The aim of festival is to celebrate harmony amongst family, friends and relatives.

Let us dwell in the history of this festival and reason why it is celebrated this way.

Originated by Hazrat Ibrahim on ‘hukm’ of Allah

Bakrid commemorates a disciple’s unflinching love and obedience towards GOD. One of the widely acclaimed and accepted saint of Muslims, Hazrat Ibrahim initiated the practice of sacrifice but it was not with four legged animals. It is commonly believed that Allah once came in dreams of Ibrahim and asked him to sacrifice something which was dearest to his heart. This dream kept on repeating for few days and left him disturbed.

He discussed it with his wife and concluded their only son, Ismail, was dearest to them and they should sacrifice him as per the wishes of Allah. With consent of the family, Hazrat Ibrahim, took his son to gallows, to sacrifice him. When he was about to execute the head of his dearest son, Ismail was replaced with a sheep on the gallows. Allah said that Ibrahim was tested for his faith and he turned out to be true and Ibrahim could proceed with sacrifice of sheep or ram.

Bakrid festival is a celebration of faith in the creator of universe and unwavering devotion towards him even if it involves sacrificing self. Muslim community needs to follow few guidelines which involves around dividing meat in 3 parts. Bakrid reinforces the spirit of celebrating moments of happiness with one and all creations of Allah. As per the rules, the larger portion of meat needs to be shared with needy, those who cannot afford meal for themselves and their family. The remaining two parts are shared with family, relations and friends, a mean to have get-together.

In #Bakrid2018, with focus around Kerala calamity and keeping spirit of Bakrid, senior cleric Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali wrote on his facebook page:

“An important appeal: Donate at least 10% of your Eid-Ul-Azha budget to the Kerala Flood Relief Fund. The true message of Eid-ul-Azha is that along with sacrificing an animal we must develop a spirit of sacrifice in our self so that whenever the humanity is in need of help we all must come forward and help the mankind. This is the true message of Qurbani.”

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