Id-ul-Azha (Bakr Id)
Id-ul-Azha is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhu-al-Hijjah, this is the 12th month according to the Islamic Lunar Calender. Id-ul-Azha (Bakr- Id) is the festival that is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal among the Muslims. It commemorates the tough story of Hazrat Ibrahim.
Life and works of Hazrat Ibrahim
Hazrat Ibrahim was once put on a test by the almighty. In the test he was asked to sacrifice the dearest thing of his and after giving a great thought on it, he decided to sacrifice his son's life. And when he was very close to point the sword towards his son's throat, suddenly it was revealed that it was mere a test of his faith and he was asked to stop at the moment itself and instead of it he sacrificed just a ram in the name of God. The initial ten days of this month are very special to Muslims especially the nights, as the Muslims recite their holy book, the Quran and perform additional prayers and they offer different supplications to the GOD. It is believed that Muslims even fast on the initial nine days. Many of the Muslims go to Makkah for performing the Hajj.
Celebration of id-ul-Azha among the Muslims
This is the second largest festival of Muslims and they celebrate it with full spirits all across the world. On this day, the goats and sheep are sacrificed all over the country and for the Hajj Pilgrims it is a very special day as all the pilgrims gather at the grounds of Mina and sacrifice an animal. People offer prayers to the Almighty through this act. Many Muslim devotees shave their heads too on this occasion. People visit holy places the Mosques on this occasion and worship the Lord. All the children, women, men and old people are dresses in their best clothes on this eve. People greet their friends and relatives by wishing “id- mubbarak”. There is a smile on each and every ones face.
Significance of id-ul-Azha on the lives of the people
Id-ul-Azah is gives a concrete basis to the ethics and realisation of the fact that the Muslim community is based on sacrifice and faith as Prophet Ibrahim was all ready to sacrifice his dear son Prophet Ishmael selflessly. This festival teaches the people, to have faith and belief in Allah under any of the circumstances.
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