Eid-ul-Adha, or the 'Feast of Sacrifice', is the second of the two Eids, the first being Eid-ul-Fitr which falls directly after the Holy month of Ramadan.
Along with being the second major celebration of the year, Eid-ul-Adha is also the larger of the two events. The festival occurs directly after the annual pilgrimage of Hajj, where Muslims from across the globe travel to the Holy city of Mecca. As one of the fundamental Five Pillars of Islam, Hajj is compulsory and must be completed by all Muslims at least once in their lifetime, which is why millions make the journey each year. Upon the conclusion of the pilgrimage and the sighting of the new moon, Eid-ul-Adha begins.
Also known as Qurbani Eid, this is a celebration honouring the devotion of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) to His faith and to Allah (SWT). Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) was asked to sacrifice His son, Hazrat Ismail (A.S), in a dream for the sake of Allah (SWT) and despite His reservations, He agreed to complete the task. This was a test and instead of allowing Ismail (A.S) to die, Allah (SWT) replaced his body with a ram and praised the father and son for their dedication to their faith.
Eid-ul-Adha 2019, both in the UK and across the world, is the recognition of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) and Ismail’s (A.S) willingness to make great sacrifices in the name of Allah (SWT).
During this Holy festival, Muslims come together to commemorate this momentous occasion. The most significant part of Eid-ul-Adha is the sacrifice of an animal, designed to represent the ram that was sacrificed by Ibrahim (A.S) in the Holy Quran.
The most commonly sacrificed animals are lambs, goats and cows; however, depending on location, many Muslims also sacrifice other animals like camels or buffalo to honour this special occasion. The sacrificed animals should be divided between the poor, close relatives and the immediate family, which is why many choose to make Eid Qurbani donations to ensure that their contribution reaches those most in need.
During Eid-ul-Adha, Muslims dress in their finest clothes, recite special Eid prayers in congregation and enjoy a feast with friends and family. Additionally, many exchange gifts with those closest to them, varying from specially crafted items to monetary donations. One of the most important aspects of Eid-ul-Adha is spending quality time with family and loved ones, united by faith.
Donate Your Qurbani with Al Mustafa Welfare Trust
Donating your Qurbani with a charity like Al Mustafa Welfare Trust can ensure that those around the world who would not usually have the means or nourishment to celebrate this occasion can do so.
Every year, we strive to distribute aid and help those in need around the world. Our goal is to ensure that everyone is given an equal opportunity to celebrate Eid in the same way as the rest of the Ummah. On the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, we aim to distribute your Qurbani donations among refugees and those in need to provide them with sufficient nourishment, enabling them to enjoy this auspicious occasion just as much as the rest of us.
Eid-ul-Adha 2020 is expected to fall on or around 30th July this year, subject to the sighting of the moon. Help us to support those struggling throughout the world and make your Qurbani donation with Al Mustafa Welfare Trust today.