Eidl Adha: The Feast of Sacrifice
Around 1.6 billion Muslims all over the world will gather together and commemorate the Feast of Sacrifice or Eidl Adha this week. Eidl Adha, also known as the Major Festival or Kurban Bayram, falls on a specific time in the Islamic Lunar calendar, which this year is in the evening of October 14 until the evening of October 15.
Muslims in Pakistan offer Eidl Adha prayers. Photo source: The Guardian.
Eidl Adha reminds Muslims of the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his young, first-born son Ismail (Isaac) in devotion to God. God intervened at the last minute, instead providing a lamb for the sacrifice. Abraham’s bravery is commemorated in Eidl Adha, and celebrated with prayers, sacrificing of sheep, cow or goat in God’s name and sharing the meat to others. The event also marks the end of ‘hajj,’ the great pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Afghans celebrate Eidl Adha after prayers. Photo source: The Guardian.
In the Philippines, Eidl Adha is declared a regular holiday to foster camaraderie and goodwill between the Filipino Muslim community and the Christian Filipinos in their shared belief of total submission to God. God’s generosity to Abraham in the Old Testament story also serves as a model of compassion to all Filipinos regardless of religion.
Filipino Muslims offering prayers during Eidl Adha.
This day, Muslims visit the mosque for sermons then take part in a feast with plenty and different kinds of food. They also wear their best clothes, visit families and friends and give gifts to kids a few days after. Charity is also emphasised during this period, where devoted Muslims share their food and wealth to those in need.
What are your plans for Eidl Adha? How will you show your devotion to God this day? Leave a comment below and share your plans this coming week!