What is the holiday of Eid al-Adha
Eid al-Adha is one of the biggest Muslim holidays, which is celebrated on the 10th day of the 12 month of the Muslim lunar calendar Dhul-Hijjah. This year the holiday was celebrated on September 12. Today, even the smallest Muslim knows that the holiday of Eid al-Adha.
What is the occasion?
Let’s talk about what it means feast of Eid al-Adha? Some Muslim scholars describe it in different ways, but the main essence of the festival is the sacrifice and obedience to Allah. On this day everyone wants to get closer to God. During this holiday everyone is trying to become closer to one another, compassionate, to help those in need, loyal to others.
Because the tradition is to sacrifice a sheep, most of the meat is always given to donations to the poor as alms.
The rituals and traditions of the holiday
The most revered and valuable for Muslims are the first ten days of the month, these days they are advised to go through the post, make as many good deeds, help poor people. Also to good works include charity, sacrifice, prayer, fasting.
It is very important these days to follow all the posts, especially the first nine days of the start of the holiday. As said by prophet Muhammad that at the time of this post the person forgiven of all sins, which were accumulated in the course of life for the entire year. In Eid al-Adha, that is, 12 September, to post is prohibited.
All countries of the world belonging to Islam, celebrated on this day is an official holiday. Before the holiday working day is definitely reduced by one hour. The feast ends with the traditional sacrifice. Also on this day every Muslim should during the day to stand near the sacred mountain, reading various prayers.
On this day, it is necessary to remove all dirty and old clothes, to change into new outfits that will be a symbol of the productive and the new year in the life of Muslims. Also in the mosque and pronounced the evening prayer, which ends with a sermon.
Features of sacrifice
Bring donations for every Muslim is an unbroken tradition. As a victim can be any animal, most often:
A very important condition is that the victim must be older than six months. She needs to be completely healthy, without the presence of certain shortcomings with health. If financial situation allows, it is possible to sacrifice a goat per person, or cow, for the whole family.
You can also make an offering for deceased relatives, if they are bequeathed to relatives to do this. One family needs to sacrifice a RAM. As a rule, the animal skins are given to a mosque, all the meat is cooked and eaten in a communal meal, where you must be Muslim. The head of the table is the Imam.
To celebrate this day begins early, at dawn, all Muslims go to morning prayers, wear new or clean clothes. Before prayer it is forbidden meal. At the end of the prayers all go to the house, and then again sent on a special platform to pronounce the sermon.
Now you know what Eid al-Adha, customs and traditions present within this celebration. Will be able to determine for themselves the pros and cons of this Muslim event, because not all traditions clear to the Russian population.