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Eid al Adha

Introducing one of the most important celebrations for Muslims all over the world - Eid-al-Adha.
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Jen Ward

on 16 October 2013

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Transcript of Eid al Adha

Eid al Adha
Eid mubaarak
Celebrating Eid
The Sunnahs of Eid
The Story
of Sacrifice
Helping those in need
Reciting Takbir
How to celebrate Eid al Adha
Wish your classmates
good blessings for
Eid Al Adha
Men, women, and children are expected to dress in their finest clothing to perform Eid prayer (altu l-`di) in a large congregation at a mosque. Those Muslims who can afford it, sacrifice their best domestic animals (usually a cow, but can also be a camel, goat, sheep or ram depending on the region) as a symbol of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his only son. The sacrificed animals, called Uhiyyah, have to meet certain age and quality standards or else the animal is considered an unacceptable sacrifice.
According to Islamic tradition, approximately four thousand years ago, the valley of Mecca (in what is now Saudi Arabia) was a dry, rocky and uninhabited place. Abraham ('Ibraheem in Arabic) was instructed by God in a dream to sacrifice his only son Ishmael.
The meat from the sacrificed animal is divided into three parts. The family retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends, and neighbors; and the other third is given to the poor and needy. The regular charitable practices of the Muslim community are demonstrated during Eid al-Adha by concerted efforts to see that no impoverished person is left without an opportunity to partake in the sacrificial meal during these days.

During Eid al-Adha, distributing meat amongst the people, chanting the Takbir out loud before the Eid prayer on the first day and after prayers throughout the three days of Eid, are considered essential parts of this important Islamic festival. In some countries, families that do not own livestock can make a contribution to a charity that will provide meat to those who are in need.
Practice saying,
“Eid mubaarak”
Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice is the most important feast of the Muslim calendar. It marks the end of Muslims pilgrimmage to Mecca. Eid al-Adha lasts for three days and commemorates Ibraham's (Abraham) willingness to obey God by sacrificing his son. Muslims believe the son to be Ishmael rather than Isaac as told in the Old Testament. Ishmael is considered the forefather of the Arabs. According to the Koran, Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son when a voice from heaven stopped him and allowed him to sacrifice a ram instead.
But before Abraham could go through with the sacrifice, Abraham presented the matter to his son and asked for his opinion about the dreams of slaughtering him. Ishmael did not show any hesitation or reservation even for a moment. He said, "Father, do what you have been commanded. You will find me, Insha'Allah (God willing), to be very patient." His mature response, his deep insight into the nature of his father’s dreams, his commitment to Allah, and ultimately his willingness to sacrifice his own life for the sake of Allah were all unprecedented.
When both father and son had shown their perfect obedience to Allah and they had practically demonstrated their willingness to sacrifice their most precious possessions for His sake — Abraham by laying down his son for sacrifice and Ishmael by lying patiently under the knife – Allah called out to them stating that his sincere intentions had been accepted, and that he need not carry out the killing of Ishmael. Instead, Abraham was told to replace his son with a goat to sacrifice instead. Allah also told them that they had passed the test imposed upon them by his willingness to carry out God's command.
Important aspects of the celebration of Eid al Adha include reciting Takbir before morning prayer, joining in prayers at the mosque, and sacrificing a sheep or goat to honor Abraham.
Allāhu akbar, Allāhu akbar, Allāhu akbar lā ilāha illā Allāh Allāhu akbar, Allāhu akbar wa li-illāhil-hamd
Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest,There is no deity but AllahAllah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatestand to Allah goes all praise
SUNNAH refers to the way of life for a practicing Muslim. Sunnahs are the requirements that Muslims follow which are based on the teachings and practices of Muhammad as explained in the Koran.

There are specific Sunnahs that Muslims follow for Eid al Adha.
Before going to the mosque to pray with your congregation, Tabkir must be performed.
Do not eat before going to the mosque for prayer. Only eat after you have made your sacrifice and prayed.
Before going into the mosque, take off your shoes, wash your hands, and your feet. Only those who are clean are allowed to enter.
Traditionally men and women dress in their finest clothing for prayer on this day as it is considered one of the most holy days in Islam.
Men and women are separated in the mosque for prayer.
Make your sacrifice, usually of a sheep or goat.
Gather with friends and family to celebrate and eat.
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