Eid al Adha – Feast of the Sacrifice

Eid al Adha
Eid al Adha
Feast of the Sacrifice Kurban Bayram (or Eid ul-Adha) is a part of the Muslim rite of the pilgrimage to Mecca. To celebrate the holiday in the valley of Mina near Mecca in the 10th day of the 12th month of the Muslim lunar calendar, Dhul Hijjah and lasts 2-3 days.

Of course, not all Muslims can perform the Hajj to Mecca to participate in the main celebration in the Muslim holy site in person to offer sacrifice, so the canons of Islam require Muslims to perform the culmination of the ceremony not only in Mecca, and wherever may be Muslims. The mythology of this festival dates back to the famous Biblical story about the attempt of bringing the patriarch Abraham (Arabic – Ibrahim) his son Isaac as a sacrifice to God.

However, in place of the biblical Isaac Muslim tradition puts Ismail, considering his eldest son, and Isaac, according to Muslim ideas – the second son of Abraham. For this dedication and virtue rewarded Ibrahim Hashem, replacing Ismail sacrifice of the lamb. Celebrate the day of sacrifice, even if it does not happen in Mecca begin in the early morning. A little light Muslims go to the mosque for morning prayer, but first you must make a full bath, wear new clothes and neat as possible anoint themselves with incense. Before prayer is not recommended. After the morning prayer (prayer) believers return home, and then, if desired, gather in groups on the street or in the yard, where the chorus praise Allah (Takbir).

They then go to the mosque or in a specially designated area where Mullah or Imam-Khatib preaches. After the sermon, Muslims usually go to the cemetery to pray for the dead. Returning from the cemetery to begin the sacrificial rite, as a sign of willingness to serve God. To sacrifice the Muslims specially fattened chosen animal. Muslim committing slaughter should not skimp on the food, it is imperative to feed the poor and hungry. The ritual meal – thin, sadaqah – arranged as to avoid all kinds of misery and disease. Relatives, friends and family during the holiday trying to make gifts. In the next few days after the holiday is usually applied to the visits of relatives and close acquaintances as a visit during the Festival of Sacrifice is considered blessed and desirable.

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