What is Eid-ul-Adha?
There are two key Eid’s (Celebration Festivals) in Islam: Eid-ul-Adha, which signifies the completion of the Holy Month of Ramadan; and Eid Al Adha, the greater Eid, which follows the completion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, at the time of Qurbani (sacrifice).
Although Eid-ul-Adha has no direct relation to the Hajj Pilgrimage, it is but a day after the completion of Hajj and therefore has significance in time.
How many days is Eid ul Adha 2021?
Tuesday, July 20th is day number 201 of the 2021 calendar year with 12 days until Eid al–Adha 2021.
The day of Eid-ul-Adha falls on the tenth day in the final (twelfth) month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar; Dhu-al-Hijjah. The day that celebrations fall on is dependent on a legitimate sighting of the moon, following the completion of the annual Holy Pilgrimage of Hajj – which is an obligation for all Muslim’s who fit specific criteria, one of the important Five Pillars of Islam.
The celebration of Eid-ul-Adha is to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah SWT and his readiness to sacrifice his son, Ismail. At the very point of sacrifice, Allah SWT replaced Ismail with a ram. This ram will be sacrificed as an alternative to his son. This command from Allah SWT was a test of Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness and commitment. He obey his Lord’s command, without question. Therefore, Eid-ul-Adha means the festival of sacrifice.
Depending on the country, the celebrations of Eid-ul-Adha can last anywhere between two and four days. On the day of Eid, we perform qurbani (slave sacrifice) as part of the Eid Salaat (Eid prayers in the mosque).
The act of Qurbani consists of slaughtering an animal as a sacrifice to mark this occasion in remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice for Allah SWT. Udhiya is another name for this. The days of animal sacrifice total three days, from the 10th to the 12th of Dhu-al-Hijjah.
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Which animal is good for Eid-ul-Adha 2021
The sacrificial animal must be a sheep, lamb, goat, cow, bull, or camel; the sheep, lamb or goat consist of one Qurbani share. Whereas a bull, cow or camel consist of seven shares per animal. The animal must be in good health and over a certain age in order to be slaughtered. It is a “halal” friendly, Islamic way.
The Qurbani meat can then divided into three equal portions per share. One-third is for you and your family, one-third is for friends. In the third portion, those in need will be helped.
We celebrate the day with our families, friends, and loved ones. While wearing new or best attire and the giving of gifts.
Donate your Qurbani with Muslim Aid this year and ensure your contribution goes to those who are most in need.
From all at Muslim Aid, a blessed Eid Mubarak to you all.