Eid-ul-Adha 2015


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Eid-ul-Adha or Eid al-Adha is one of the widely celebrated festivals of the followers of Islam in India and all over the world. It is also called Id-ul-Zuha or Bakr-Id by the people of India. That's because the festival involves the sacrifice of a goat which is termed as bakr (in Urdu). Eid al-Adha is celebrated during the 10th to the 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijja. It marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

When is Eid-ul-Adha 2015?

In 2015,Eid-ul-Adha on 22nd of September 2015. The dates may vary depending upon certain factors like the observances of the moon and the length of a particular month. So, if required, Eid-ul-Adha date may be corrected around 10 days before the celebrations begin. 

Eid-ul-Adha History

  • This festival is celebrated to commemorate the sacrifice made by Ibrahim (Abrahim) in honor of the Allah.

  • The almighty had appeared in his dream and commanded him to sacrifice his son who was an adult.

  • He obeyed the order and took his son, Ishmael (or Ismail) to Mount Moriah. When he was about to make the sacrifice, he was stopped by an angel. The angel gave him a ram to sacrifice to Allah. Hence, Bakr-Id is considered as the "Feast of Sacrifice".

    Eid-ul-Adha Traditions, Customs, and Celebrations

    The followers of Islam celebrate the festival of Eid al-Adha or Bakr-Id with the traditions and customs mentioned below.

    Making a sacrifice:
  • One of the special highlights of the festival of Eid al-Adha is to sacrifice an animal which should be more than a year old, healthy, and free of defects.

  • By doing so, Muslims all over the world reveal their desire to sacrifice their life and property for the cause of Islam and in honor of the Allah. By doing so, the followers of Islam commemorate Ibrahim's sacrifice in reverence to Allah.

  • The meat of the sacrifice is mostly offered to others. One-third part of the meat is given away to the family members, another one-third part is offered to the poor, while the rest is consumed by the person making the sacrifice and his friends.

  • This is considered to be a symbol of giving away or sharing things that one can actually enjoy himself. It is believed that by doing so, one would receive the choicest blessings of Allah.

    Prayers on Eid-ul-Adha:
  • The celebrations on this day start with congregational prayers (or Salah) after which a sermon known as Khutbah is held.

  • No azaan is given for Eid-Salah. Reading or talking is not allowed during Khutbah. The Muslims conduct the prayers between sunrise and noon, especially early in the morning.

  • The prayers are held outside a mosque. Before offering the prayers, the Muslims should cleanse their body and wear new clothes. Men are directed to apply perfume prior to offering their prayers. Women are not allowed to use perfume.

  • During Salah, you should follow the Imam in prayer. Avoid bowing, prostrating, or making any kind of movement before the Imam does it. Also, make the required movements just the way you find the Imam doing.

    Prayers on Eid-ul-Adha


    Reading the Takbir:
  • An important part of Eid-ul-Adha traditions is to read the Takbir loudly.

  • The word 'Takbir' is the Arabic term for the phrase "Allahu Akbar". It means that God is the greatest. Women who're unable to attend the prayers are permitted to sit behind the people who're actually praying to Allah.

  • Once the prayers are over, people should take in the meat of the animal they've sacrificed.

    Reading the Takbir


    Other celebrations and customs:
  • On Eid al-Adha, people visit the deceased at the cemeteries. The family members gather together to have a grand feast with a cheerful heart, thus remembering God for the bounties he has provided to mankind. Fasting is strictly prohibited on this occasion.

    Eid Ul Adha around the world

  • Eid Ul Adha is known through several names all over the world like, "Kurban Bayrami" or "Sacrifice Feast".

  • In Singapore and Malaysia it is known as Hari Raya Haji.

  • In West Africa it is known as Tabaski.

  • In South East Asia it is known as Hari Raya Aidiladha Among Indians it is known as Id al-Adha or Idu’z Zuha

  • In Bangladesh it is known as either Eid-ul-Azha or Id al-Adha.

  • One can see that this festival of Eid-Ul-Adha is known through so many names in different parts of the country but the spirit to celebrate this festival among all the Muslims remain the same irrespective of the location. 


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