Foreigners get baffled when they visit Muslim countries in the mid of the year because they see animals like cows, goats, and sheep tied in front of every single house. Well, these animals are tied up so that they can be slaughtered at the right time. Now you must be thinking to yourself ‘what butchery is this?’ So here is the logic behind this ‘butchery’.
Muslims celebrate two holy festivals every year called Eid which is Arabic for the feast. One of the Eid is called Eid-ul-Fitr and the other one is called Eid-ul-Adha. The Eid in which animals are slaughtered is Eid-ul-Adha. Through this article, you will obtain all the knowledge and concepts of Eid-ul-Adha and hajj. Stick till the end as we have a list of expected dates in different countries for Eid-ul-Adha 2021.
Eid-ul-Adha is derived from two Arabic words Eid meaning feast and Adha meaning sacrifice. It is also known by other names such as Eid-e-Ghorban, Bakra Eid, Kurban Bayrami, Bakrid, and Hari Raya Haji. It is a mandatory practice for eligible Muslims and is celebrated on 10th Dhu al-Hijjah which is the last month of the Islamic Lunar calendar, and this celebration proceeds for a total of three days. These days animals are sacrificed, charity is given, feasts are arranged by families, and hajj (pilgrimage) is also performed.
The Concept Behind Eid-ul-Adha:
The concept of Eid-ul-Adha is to sacrifice your most beloved for showing obedience to Allah. It is celebrated by Muslims to commemorate and honor the devotion and willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice the life of his son Prophet Ismail on the command of Almighty Allah. However, just when Prophet Ibrahim was about to slaughter his son, a lamb was replaced magically in the place of Prophet Ismail, by the command of Allah.
This is the reason why Muslims sacrifice specific animals on the 10th Dhu al-Hijjah. They keep one-third of the sacrificed meat for themselves and distribute the rest of it among needy people. So that they can also eat meat like other Muslims.
Sacrificable Animals for Eid-ul-Adha 2021:
There are specific animals that can be sacrificed and eaten by Muslims. Plus, the age limit of the animal should be taken into consideration while purchasing it, as animals that are too young cannot be slaughtered for sacrifice. Following animals can be sacrificed:
- Sheep (at least 1-year-old)
- Goat (at least 1-year-old)
- Cows (at least 2 years old)
- Buffaloes (at least 2 years old)
- Camels (at least 5 years old)
How Eid-ul-Adha is Celebrated:
Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated worldwide by Muslims with great zeal, zest, and devotion. There are some rituals that need to be performed before the actual celebration and feast and after that people enjoy all they can.
#1 Eid Prayers:
This is the first ritual on all three days of Eid. Although praying is a mandatory practice offered each day, this prayer is special as without Eid prayer you cannot sacrifice your animal and sacrifice won’t be accepted. Eid prayers are offered in mosques and grounds. People gather early in the morning and offer prayers behind the Imam of the mosque.
Then people hire a professional butcher and sacrifice the animals. At the time of sacrificing, a specific dua (prayer) is called by the person sacrificing, usually the head of the family. When the animal is sacrificed and slaughtered, the meat is cut into portions.
#3 Distribution and Charity:
When the sacrifice is offered, the meat is packed in different portions and is distributed among the needy people. The people who offer sacrifice keep one-third of the sacrificed meat for themselves and distribute the rest of the meat. From that one-third portion that they’ve kept for themselves, they distribute some more meat among family and friends.
#4 Feasts and Gatherings:
Feasts are arranged from the very first day of Eid and that one thing that you’ll find happening in every household is Barbeque Party. People gather up with their extended families and friends and make dishes out of the sacrificed meat. It is a way of celebrating their sacrifice for the willingness of Allah.
#5 Hajj 2021:
Hajj is an Arabic terminology that means ‘to attend a journey’. Hajj (pilgrimage) is the fifth pillar of Islam and is mandatory for Muslims who are financially eligible to perform it. It is performed in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It is performed for five to six days starting from the 8th of Dhu al-Hijjah extending to the 13th of the same month.
Hajj is the ritual that is mandatory for every Muslim to perform at least once in their lifetime. It is performed before Eid-ul-Adha and after performing Hajj, Muslims offer sacrifice, and then the men shave their heads while women trim their hair.
Eid-ul-Adha 2021 and Hajj 2021 Dates in all Countries :
Following are the expected dates of Eid-ul-Adha and Hajj according to the Gregorian calendar 2021.
2021 Eid-ul-Adha in Pakistan: July 21st, 2021
2021 Eid-ul-Adha in Saudi Arabia: July 20th, 2021
2021 Eid-ul-Adha in USA: July 20th, 2021
2021 Eid-ul-Adha in UK: July 20th,2021
2021 Eid-ul-Adha in Lebanon: July 20th,2021
2021 Eid-ul-Adha in Iran: July 20th,2021
2021 Eid-ul-Adha in Afghanistan: July 20th,2021
2021 Eid-ul-Adha in Turkey: July 20th,2021
2021 Eid-ul-Adha in Kuwait: July 20th,2021
2021 Eid-ul-Adha in Egypt: July 20th,2021
2021 Eid-ul-Adha in Morocco: July 20th,2021
2021 Eid-ul-Adha in Brunei: July 20th,2021
2021 Eid-ul-Adha in Iraq: July 20th,2021
2021 Eid-ul-Adha in Libya: July 20th,2021
2021 Eid-ul-Adha in Jordan: July 20th,2021
2021 Eid-ul-Adha in Malaysia: July 20th,2021
2021 Eid-ul-Adha in Qatar: July 20th,2021
2021 Eid-ul-Adha in UAE: July 20th,2021
2021 Eid-ul-Adha in Yemen: July 20th,2021
2021 Eid-ul-Adha in Maldives: July 20th,2021
2021 Eid-ul-Adha in Bahrain: July 20th,2021
2021 Eid-ul-Adha in Algeria: July 20th,2021
Have a blessed Eid-ul-Adha people!
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