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Bakrid 2020: Eid al-Adha meaning, history and importance of Bakrid

Eid al-Adha, also known as Bakrid in India is one of the two most important festivals of Muslims. It is celebrated on the tenth day of the last month of the Islamic calendar.

Muslims across the globe celebrate two festivals, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Fitr (popularly known as Eid or Ramadan Eid) marks the end of the sacred fasting month of Ramzan when people fast from dawn to dusk, recite the Holy Quran and spend the day offering prayers to Allah. It is also called the Festival of Breaking the Fast while Eid al-Adha is the Festival of Sacrifice

Meaning of Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha, also known as Eid Qurban or Qurban Bayrami, means the feast of the sacrifice.

Eid al-Adha History

Also known as Bakrid in India, Eid al-Adha is observed on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah (the twelfth and the last month of the Islamic calendar). The day commemorates Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismael, to obey the command of God (Allah).

Ibrahim had recurrent dreams of seeing himself slaughtering his son Ismael to fulfil the wish of God. One day, Ibrahim spoke to his son about his dream to explain how God wants him to make the sacrifice. Ismael, who was equally devoted to Allah, asked his father to obey God’s command. Therefore, to fulfil God’s wish, when Ibrahim was about to offer his son, Shaitan made several attempts to dissuade him. But Ibrahim drew Shaitan away by pelting stones at him. However, before he could perform the supreme sacrifice, Ibrahim heard the voice of Jibreel who told him that Allah was pleased with his devotion. And therefore, a sheep was sent for the slaughter instead of Ismael.

Importance of Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha is celebrated to hail Ibrahim and Ismael’s love for Allah. It symbolises the act of giving away what is dearest. Ibrahim was willing to sacrifice his son, and hence, it suggests that one must be willing to sacrifice what they love the most.

Therefore on this day, Muslims across the globe sacrifice a goat/sheep or any other animal. Then, they divide the meat into three equal parts – one portion is kept for the family, the second is given to the relatives, and the third is meant for the poor/needy.