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8 Things to Know about Eid al-Adha

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Eid al-Adha an Islamic event which starts at the 10th day of the month in the Islamic lunar calendar. This year, it falls on September 12. The celebration is a commemoration  of the willingness of Ibrahim or also known as Abraham to follow Allah’s (God’s) command to sacrifice his son Ishmael.

There are two Eid holidays in Muslim religion, the first holiday which was the Eid al-Fitr, is the feast after the sacrifice or the ramadan. While Eid al-Adha or also called as the “Feast of the Sacrifice” is the latter. These two holidays are considered to be holy events of Islam.

1. This is the time where the Muslims make pilgrimage to Mecca and pray around the Holy Kaaba, thanking for the celebration and their present life.

أتمنى للجميع عيد #أضحى_مبارك وعساكم من عواده. في هذا العيد المبارك، اللهم بارك الامارات واهلها وقيادتها، وأدم عليها الأمن والامان. اللهم احفظ حجاج بيتك الحرام، وتقبل دعواتهم. اللهم احل الأمن والسلم في كل الدول العربية والعالم. #عيد_الاضحى #عيدكم_مبارك #عساكم_من_عواده #الحبتور #اماراتي In the occasion of #EidAlAdha, I pray that God bless the #UAE, its people and leadership. May God bless and protect all the pilgrims in the Holy land, and accept their #prayers. May God bless all the world with peace. #AdhaMubarak #EidAdha #KAH #Emirati

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2. There are different practices and traditions around the world and they vary respectively from region, culture and history.

By 世書 名付 (Flickr: R0011759) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
By 世書 名付 (Flickr: R0011759) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

3. Before the morning prayers, they make sure to take a bath and recite a prayer. Then after, they can offer the Eid al-Adha prayers at the mosque.

Before offering a prayer to the mosque, this man cleans his face.

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4. They have to do the prayers early morning.

 

Screengrab from YouTube
Screengrab from YouTube

5. One practice of our Muslims brothers and sister is slaughtering a cow or carabao or goat. They call this practice as sacrificing like the way Abraham almost did to his son, Ishmael to please Allah.

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By Kazim M. Ladak via Wikimedia Commons

6. After the cooked meat from the sacrificed animal, it is favored to be divided into three parts. The family retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy.

By MuwanguziDaniel (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By MuwanguziDaniel (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

7. In the Philippines, Filipino Muslims cook sweet delicacies such as lokot-lokot.

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8. Republic Act No. 9177, Eid al-Adha used to be a regional holiday in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). But it appears that Eid al-Adha is a nationwide holiday this year, attributing to the long weekend in Cebu, if not the whole of the Philippines. Thanks to President Digong.

To our fellow Filipino Muslim brothers, Eid al-Adha Al-Mubarak!

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