Eid al-Adha is an important Islamic religious festival that Muslims observed worldwide. In Algeria, a huge Muslim country, this festival is also referred to as Eid el-Kbir. This is one of the two Eid festivals that Muslims celebrates â€“ the other Eid ul-Fitr that falls at the end of Ramadan.
Eid al-Adha is a commemoration of the Ibrahim (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael for Allah. According to Islam, Ibrahim was willing to sacrifice his son Ishmael – who later became the forefather of the Arabs â€“ and not Isaac as recorded in Bible’s Old Testament. As Ibrahim was about to sacrifice Ishmael a voice from heaven stopped him and gave him a lamb to sacrifice instead of his son.
This four-day event starts on the 10th day of the lunar Islamic calendar month of Dhul Hijja. While Eid al-Adha is on the same Islamic calendar date, the date on the Gregorian calendar varies each year. This happens, as the Islamic calendar is lunar and about ten days shorter than the Gregorian solar calendar. The beginning of Eid al-Adha is the day next the Muslim pilgrims descends from Mount Arafat at the end of Hajj. As the fifth pillar of Islam, Hajj is a journey to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, an obligation that every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so must fulfill.
There are a numerous traditions and practices related to Eid al-Adha which must be observed by followers of the Islamic religion. Men, children and women dress in their new clothing and visit a mosque to perform the Eid prayer. Those who can afford will sacrifice one of their prime domestic animals in commemoration of Ibrahimâ€™s sacrifice. This is an identity of a Muslimâ€™s willingness to make sacrifices in order to continue pleasing Allah. During sacrifice, participants recite the name of Allah along with an offering statement and prayer as a reminder that all life is divine. About two-third of the meat is given to less fortunate people so that they can also join the feast of Eid al-Adha. The remaining of the meat is cooked as part of a celebration meal to share with friends and Â family.
Muslims in Algeria, and across the world, look forward to Eid al-Adha at a time of worship, to participate in charitable acts as an acceptance that all blessings come from Allah, and to strengthen ties with family and friends.
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