Published On: Sun, Aug 11th, 2019

Eid 2019 in pictures: Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha | World | News


Eid al-Adha begun on Sunday, August 11, and will run until the evening of Thursday, August 15. This is the second Eid of the year, after Eid al-Fitr in June, and is the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’. The festival remembers the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son when God ordered him to.

What is the story of Eid al-Adha?

This Eid commemorates the time when Allah appeared to Ibrahim in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son Isma’il as an act of obedience to God.

The devil tempted Ibrahim by saying he should disobey Allah and spare his son, but he ignored the devil.

As Ibrahim was about to kill his son, Allah stopped him and gave him a lamb to sacrifice instead.

READ MORE: What does Eid Mubarak mean? How to wish someone a happy Eid al-Adha

How is Eid al-Adha celebrated?

In some countries, Muslims sacrifice a sheep or goat (in Britain the animal is killed at a slaughterhouse).

The meat is shared equally between family, friends and the poor.

Eid usually starts with Muslims going to the Mosque for prayers.

They dress in their best clothes and thank Allah for all the blessings they have received.

They will also visit family and friends and give money to charity so that poor people can celebrate too.

Hajj is a major part of Eid al-Adha, with Eid falling on the final day of Hajj.

The Hajj is a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, which is a mandatory religious duty for Muslims.

The Hajj must be carried out once by all adult Muslims who can physically and financially undertake the journey.

During the Hajj the pilgrims perform acts of worship and renew their faith and sense of purpose in the world.

They stand before the Ka’bah, a shrine built by Ibrahim, and praise Allah together.

READ MORE: Hajj map with distances – Staggering distance Muslims travel for Hajj

How can you wish someone a happy Eid?

Most Muslims will greet each other during this time by saying ‘Eid Mubarak’.

This is an Arabic term which that translates to ‘happy festival’ or ‘blessed Eid’.

The term is used by Muslims all over the world to wish each other a happy Eid, and by non-Muslims to their friends celebrating Eid.

Eid Mubarak is pronounced in English like ‘eed mu-buh-ruck’.



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