Sunday, July 14, 2024

What is Bakr Eid and Why is it Celebrated?

Bakr Id, also known as Eid al-Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice, is a major Islamic festival celebrated by Muslims worldwide. This festival commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) willingness to sacrifice his son to obey God. It is highly significant in the Islamic faith. We celebrate it by performing various religious rituals and festivities.

The Story Behind Bakr Id

Over four thousand years ago, Prophet Ibrahim had a dream in which God asked him to sacrifice his most beloved possessions. Demonstrating immense faith, Ibrahim decided to sacrifice his son. However, just as he was about to do so, God intervened and provided an animal to sacrifice instead. This act tested Ibrahim’s devotion and willingness to follow God’s command.

Bakr Id, also known as Eid al-Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice.
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How is Bakr Id celebrated?

On the morning of Eid al-Adha, we meet in public spaces or mosques to offer special prayers. Following the prayers, loved ones hug and send their best wishes to one another. Offering an animal, such as a goat, sheep, or cow, as a sacrifice is one of the principal traditions of Bakr Id. Three portions of the sacrifice’s meat are set aside: one for the family, one for friends and family, and one for the poor and disadvantaged.

Bakr Id sacrifices are about more than simply the deed itself; they are about the ideals it stands for. It teaches us the value of giving to the less fortunate, obeying God, and being selfless. We make sure that everyone can enjoy the joy of the holiday, even those who are less fortunate, by sharing the meat.

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The Hajj Pilgrimage

One of the five pillars of Islam, the Hajj pilgrimage, comes to an end on Bakr Id. At least once in a lifetime, every Muslim who is financially and physically capable must undertake the Hajj. Several rites, including the Tawaf (circumambulation of the Kaaba) and the symbolic stoning of the devil, are done during Bakr Id’s days as part of the journey.

A Festival of Harmony and Good Wishes

Bakr Id is a time for us to come together, celebrate, and reflect on the values of sacrifice and compassion. It is a festival that goes beyond just the ritual of animal sacrifice. It encourages us to think about the needs of others and to act with kindness and generosity. By doing so, we honor the spirit of Ibrahim’s devotion and the teachings of Islam. Eid Mubarak to all Muslim brothers and sisters!

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