Eid Ul Zuha or Eid Ul-Adha is one of the
major festivals of Islam religion. Find out the story behind Eid Ul Zuha and
why it is celebrated as a festival of sacrifice.
Eid Ul Zuha is also known as
Eid Ul-Adha or Greater Eid. It is a major celebration for the people belonging
to the Islamic
religion and is celebrated the world over with great fervor and joy. This
is a festival of sacrifice and is a three day affair which is observed in the
month of Dhul Hijjah.
Eid Ul Adha is basically the
10th, 12th and 13th day of Dhul Hijjah month,
when the sacrifice takes place after the sunset of the thirteenth day. This
festival teaches the observers the importance and virtue of sacrifice. Referred
to as Eid Ul Adha in Arabic, this festival is known as Eid
Ul Zuha or Bakr-Eid in the Indian subcontinent. In Arabic, Eid or Iwd is
translated to ‘festival’ and the word ‘Zuha’ is derived from ‘Uzhaiyya’ which
The Story Behind Eid Ul Zuha
Believers of Islam related
this day to the day when Abraham or Ibrahim, the great follower of Prophet
Mohammad willingly sacrificed his son Ismail as an act of obedience to God.
Since this was a gesture of supreme sacrifice, God was pleased and asked him to
sacrifice a sheep instead. The story goes like this, God sought the sacrifice
of Ismail, the only son of Abraham in order to test him. Abraham did not think
twice before following Allah’s orders, but since he used to dote on his son a
lot, he blindfolded himself as he placed his son on the altar in order to
After the sacrifice, when he
took off the cloth from his eyes he was overwhelmed to find that his son was
hale and hearty standing before him, and at the altar there was a sheep
instead. Since then this day is commemorated to honour this act of sacrifice and
teach the followers how important it is to sacrifice something that we consider
dear so that we are able to tread the path of detachment and only allegiance to
The name comes from the fact
that Muslims sacrifice a goat or a ‘Bakri’ or a sheep or any four legged animals
like a camel too.
Every religious Muslim is
expected to observe this Eid festival who is worth at least 400 grams of gold.
Prayers to the God are offered between the period between sunset to noon and is
known as the Do Rakat Namaz. After this an animal is sacrificed as a symbolic
gesture of devotion to Allah. The meat of the animal is considered holy and
distributed amongst relatives, friends and neighbours after offering prayers.
The Bakri Eid Celebration
This festival is supposed to
induce harmony and a feeling of brotherhood amongst the members of the
community. The major part of the festival is the Eid Milans, where all members
of the community come together, exchange gifts and greet each other with warmth.
All members of the society also are invited and everyone celebrates this
festival with great zealousness. People wear new clothes and jewellery to mark
the occasion as they visit relatives, friends and offer prayers. ‘Sevaiyan’ or
a sweet dish made from milk and vermicelli is made and is a traditional specialty
during this festival.
Eid Ul Zuha is a great
occasion for the Muslims as they believe this is the day when their holy text Quran
was considered to be complete. This is also the time of the year when the
religious Muslims undertake the holy pilgrimage to Mecca, also known as the