Eid-ul-Adha: Bakra Id is the festival of sacrifice

Guwahati: Eid-ul-Adha is a festival that is celebrated with traditional fever and gaiety in India and the world which signifies the end of the annual hajj pilgrimage, an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia that lasts three to four days. It is a celebration of their successful holy task. The holy festival brings rejoice and happiness around the world among the Muslims. Muslims celebrate this day as a reminder of the time in which Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son but was told by God to sacrifice an animal instead. People believed that Allah commanded Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael. As the command was given by the Allah, Ibrahim was ready to sacrifice his son. But at the last moment his son was replaced by a sheep. This celebration signifies the devotion of Ibrahim towards his god. This festival literally translates to “Festival of Sacrifice”. Eid al-Adha or Bakra Eid will be celebrated in India on September 13, 2016, as the crescent of Islamic holy month for Zil Hajj was not sighted on September 2 (Friday). The decision was taken by religious leaders as moon was not sighted across India last Friday. September 3, Saturday, will be the 30th day of Dhu al-Qadah, the 11th month of Islamic calendar and Eid al-Adha will be celebrated 10 days later on September 13.

Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court announced in an official statement that Eid al-Adha will begin on Monday, September 12, and the Day of Arafah, which precedes the Eid festival, will be on Sunday September 11. As the Islamic calendar is based on lunar cycles, Bakra Eid falls on a different date each year.

Depending on the region, the celebration of the Eid-Al-Adha could be on the different date. This year India will celebrate Eid-Al-Adha on 12 of September. In Arabic, Eid al-Adha is called Id-ul-Adha and in India, it is also commonly known as Bakri Eid due to the tradition of sacrificing the goat or “Bakri”. With a morning prayer, Muslims start out the day and then exchange gifts and food among family and friends. They are required to share their food and money with the poor so they can also take part in the celebrations. They may sacrifice a sheep or goat and share the meat with family members, neighbors and the poor. The Arabic greeting word “ Eid Mubarak”, which means “blessed celebration” is a common greeting for Eid-Al-Adha. The excitement of getting the new cloth and tasting mouthwatering food is one of the best parts of this festival. Many Muslims feel that they have a duty to ensure that all Muslims can enjoy a meat-based meal during this holiday. Hope this festival brings lots of happiness and joy to all along with the blessings of god.

On this auspicious occasion here are a few lines which you can share with your family.

  1. On Eid Ul Adha, wishing that your sacrifices are appreciated and your prayers are answered by the almighty. Have a blessed Eid Ul Adha!
  2. Eid Ul Adha is Eid of sacrifice and commitment of Allah’s orders. May Allah bless us with the same in all circles of life and help all amongst us, who are helpless, worried and waiting for his rehmat. Eid Mubarak!
  3. On this Eid Ul Adha. May all your prayers be answered by Allah. Believe on him and he will grant you your heart’s desire. Happy Eid Ul Adha.
  4. Wishing you smiles and all things nice. May this Eid bring all the comforts you have ever wanted, and all the joy and laughter you have ever wished. Happy Bakra Eid Mubarak!
  5. No shadows to depress you. Only joys to surround you. Allah himself to bless you. These are my wishes for you. Today tomorrow and every day… Eid-Ul-Adha Mubarak!

Hajj 2016 has begun. The Day of Arafah marks the second day of Hajj pilgrimage at the holy site of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Earlier, Egypt’s Astronomical and Geophysics Institute had announced that the country would celebrate the first day of Barki Eid on September 11. However after Saudi’s announcement, Egypt will celebrate the first day of Eid on September 12.

Eid al-Adha that lasts for three days, honours the willingness of the Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his elder son Ismail to God, according to Christian and Jewish texts. God, pleased with Abraham’s submissive nature, intervened and offered a bakr or a bakra – ram – which was sacrificed instead of his son Ismail. In an honour to the divine incident, Eid al-Adha is celebrated for three days. Muslims across the world celebrate the day by sacrificing a goat and dividing the flesh among relatives and friends. They keep one-third of it and distribute the rest to the poor and the needy. Sacrificing of the animal is done between dawn to dusk and that is the only timing to be followed for Bakra Id.
The Central government postponed the official gazetted holiday for Eid al-Adha September 13, after the Imarat Shariah at Phulwari Sharif from Patna declared that the Muslim month of Dhu al-Hijjah began on September 4, and not on September 3, as expected.