Eid Al Kabir, also known as Eid-al-Adha is an annual festival were Muslims honour and appreciate the sacrifice and the total submission of prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) to God the Almighty.
It is celebrated on the 10th of Dhul Hijja, which is the 12th month in the Islamic calendar.
Eid el-Kabir is the second of the two annual Islamic festivals and its regarded as the holier of the two.
The history of the period can be attributed to Prophet Ibrahim [AS] and his pious family of what was described as very faithful.
According to Islamic teachings, Prophet Ibrahim dreamt he offered his son Ismail as sacrifice to God. Prophet Ibrahim told Ismail of his dream and without any hesitation, encouraged his father to carry out the ‘divine instruction’ without delay.
As Prophet Ibrahim proceeded to slaughter Ishmael, God sent the revered Angel Gabriel to replace him with a ram, which was then sacrificed.
The aim of this sacrifice is not the ram or its blood, as mention by God the Almighty in the holy Qur’an; “It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Him but your piety” (Q22: 36-37).
The act strengthens complete believe in Allah SWT and to extend the hand of love and friendship by sharing the sacrificed ram with family, friends, neighbours, the poor and needy.
Every Muslim is encouraged to do this act of sacrifice provided he or she is financially capable and it is recommended in the morning after eid, so that it becomes the first thing one eats after returning for the prayer ground.
The month of Dhul Hijja is one of the holy months in the Islamic calendar. The first ten days of it are also very important, where good deeds are recommended. Muslim fast on the 9th day which is the Arafat day, to further strenghthen their spiritual standing with God.
Beginning from the sallah day, the following are recommended for every Muslim man and woman.
- Take a bath before heading to Eid prayers
- Put on the best clothes
- It is sunnah for men to use perfume
- Fasting till after the Eid prayer
- Break the fast with a part of your sacrificed animal
- Walk to the Eid ground and use different routes while going to the ground and coming back home
- In low voice, glorify the Almighty.
- In case you are going with a vehicle, offer seats in your car. Do not wait to be asked before you offer such assistance
Eid el-Kabir signifies an arrival for a religious duty and the constant departure to walk in the path laid out by the Creator.
The day reminds us how the Almighty Allah intervenes to turn a situation of hopelessness to that of hope and happiness, which is an important information for humanity to remember, especially in these trying times.