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Eid al-Adha

This year Eid al-Adha is being celebrated from Sunday 11th of August until Wednesday 14th of August. But what does this celebration exactly consist of? Eid al-Adha is part of the two Eid festivals celebrated in the Muslim calendar. The first one is Eid al-Fitr which is acclaimed for several days and indicates the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.
Then is Eid al-Adha or Greater Eid also known as the Feast of Sacrifice that honours the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, Ismael as per Allah’s request. However, upon his blind act of obedience, Allah gave him a lamb to sacrifice instead of his son, Ismael.
Therefore, the festivities will be to sacrifice a sheep or a goat which will be shared among family, friends and the poor. The commemoration of this occasion lasts for one day and starts by reciting the Takbir at dawn before doing the communal prayer Salat al-Eid. Then Muslims will head to the Mosque for prayers in their new or best attire to thank Allah for the blessings that they received and greets each other “Eid Mubarak”, signifying “Blessed Eid”.

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