Muslims congregate for Eid prayers as Zilhaj concludes

Muslims congregate for Eid prayers as Zilhaj concludes

Muslims congregate for Eid prayers as Zilhaj concludes

And so, Prophet Ibrahim made a decision to sacrifice his only son Ismail on God's command. Muslims sacrifice a male goat on the final day and feast on it to celebrate Prophet Ibrahim's supreme sacrifice and God's compassion towards him.

Although it changes with the lunar calendar each year, it was celebrated mid-June this year.

Today people sacrifice various animals in the name of God, honouring the tradition by Ibrahim. How it is celebrated Eid-ul-Adha or Bakrid is generally celebrated for three days.

The Supreme Court of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced the first of Eid Al Adha as August 21 after the Zul Hijjah moon was sighted on Saturday evening.

What is the difference between Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha?

The final days of Hajj coincide with the Eid al-Adha holiday, or "Feast of Sacrifice".

Part of the celebration is usually observed through a sacrifice of animals and the distribution of meat to the poor.

The day begins with Eid prayer which follows the regular morning prayer. Fasting the day before the holiday washes away two years worth of sins in the previous and coming years.

The words can also be translated as "Happy Eid" or "Blessed Celebration". The festival is celebrated by the 1.6 billion Muslims across the globe. The celebrations continue with visits to friends and family, exchange of gifts and feasts.

Mr Al-Yolawi also admonished Muslims to have good intention for the sacrifice because it was a prerequisite to achieving acceptable sacrifice. In the Quran, this same story is narrated in reference to Ibrahim and his son Ismail, which is why Muslim followers around the world follow this ritualistic and symbolic sacrifice to show their devotion to Allah.

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