Read an interesting
story about Bakri Eid (also referred as Eid-Ul-Azha, Eid-Ul-Zuha
or Bakr-Idd), a grand
celebration for Muslims.
There are many religions in India. Hinduism, Islam,
Christianity, and Sikhism are some of the major religions in India. People of these religions celebrate their
festivals colourfully. Muslim festivals like Ramzan and Bakri Eid
are celebrated with great will and dedication. Like Ramzan (Eid Ul-Fitr), Bakri
Eid (also referred as Eid-Ul-Azha, Eid-Ul-Zuha or Bakr-Idd) is a grand celebration for Muslims. Muslims all over India and outside India celebrate Bakri Eid from
the tenth to the twelfth day in the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah.
Significance of Bakri Eid
There is a fascinating story that states the significance of Bakri Eid. Once, Allah challenged Prophet Ibrahim,
the friend of Allah and the father of Prophets. Ibrahim had to
prove his faith in Allah. Allah asked him to sacrifice the
dearest and nearest one in his life. Ibrahim decided to take up the
challenge and decided to sacrifice his son Ismail.
Ibrahim's faith in Allah
His love towards his son was as strong as his faith in Allah. Though his
heart went numb, he put his son on the altar at the mount of Mina near Mecca.
It was impossible to see his son dying in front of his eyes. He could not
imagine slaying his own child but he could not deny the order of higher power.
Ibrahim sacrifices his son
He closed his eyes and raised the sharp sword. Reciting Allah's name he
divided the head from the body. He opened his eyes and could not believe on his
senses. His son Ismail was standing healthy and hearty in front of his
eyes. A dead ram with his head apart was lying in the pool of blood. Ibrahim
emerged as a winner as he accepted god's challenge with complete faith.
Power of Allah and Quran
Since then people ardently believe in the mercy of Allah and in the
authenticity of Quran.
They devotionally sacrifice a ram on Eid-Ul-Zuha. On the holy occasion
of Eid-Ul-Zuha, prayers are offered by Muslims and animals are sacrificed
to show faith and sincerity towards Islam.
The festival also signifies the Ibrahim's belief in almighty.
On the occasion of Bakri Eid, Muslims sacrifice animals (goat or
ox) in admiration of prophet Ibrahim's faith in Allah. This
sacrifice is known as qurbani. A Muslim, who performs slaughter,
makes three portions of the meat. He shares the meat with his fellow beings.
One third part of the meat is distributed amongst the poor. One third part of
the meat is for family and friends of the person who bought the animal. The
last third part is for the household of the butcher. For Muslims Bakri Eid is the time to meet
relatives, to enjoy feasts, and to seek Allah's blessings. May Allah
shower his blessing on you! Happy Bakri Eid!