EID – UL – ZUHA

Eid Ul Zuha

EID-UL-ZUHA also called EID-UL-AZHA  in arabic and BAKRA-EID  in indian subcontinent , because of  tradition of sacrificing a goat or ” bakra” in urdu.

The word eid is derived  from the arabic word  ” iwa ”  means  festival  and ”  zuha ”  comes from ”  uzhaiya ”  which translates to sacrifice . On this day , muslims sacrifice a goat or bakra to commemorate the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim , who willingly agreed to kill his son at the behest of god .

This festival coincides with Haj pilgrimage in Mecca . Prayers are offered in the mosque and sacrificed meat is then distributed after the eid prayers . Special delicacies are prepared  and served among family and friends . This famous festival is celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety in India . Muslim people generally wear fresh new traditional dress that is white kurta pajama on this day . Usually people wear white dresses on this day because white is the symbol of peace .

The path which leads to god is of  love , peace and devotion . There is a small story which forms the basis of celebrating this festival .

The festival of bakra-eid is a commemoration of  Hazrat Ibrahim ‘s great test of obedience of allah , who ordered him to sacrifice the person dearest to him . Ibrahim then decided to sacrifice his son Ismail , at Meena near Mecca .  As the great religious leader was on the point of applying the sword to the throat of  his dear son Ismail , it was revealed to him that the exercise was merely a test of  his faith in allah and that he could sacrifice a goat instead.  Since from then bakra-eid is celebrated on the tenth day of  Zil Hijja that is the month of  the lunar  Islamic  calendar .

By  – SHEEBA PARVEEN

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