Eid al-Adha is also referred to as Qurbani Eid, and follows the completion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah, making it one of the most blessed days of the year.
The Qurbani (sacrifice) is carried out following the Eid prayers, which are performed in congregation.
What is Eid?
Eid is a term used to refer to the Islamic celebrations that hold religious significance for Muslims. There are two main Eid celebrations in Islam: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
Both Eid celebrations are of great importance to Muslims around the world as they are a time of spiritual fulfillment that promotes acts of worship, unity, and charity.
What is Eid al-Adha?
Eid al-Adha is one of the two blessed Eids that we celebrate as Muslims. It falls in the 12th and final month of the Islamic calendar, Dhul Hijjah.
On Eid al-Adha we remember the sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim (AS). In remembrance of his sacrifice and to help the poor and needy, we give our own sacrifice: Qurbani
Eid al-Adha is different from Eid al-Fitr because they happen on 2 separate days and signify different things. Eid al-Adha means the festival of sacrifice and falls on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah while Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, acting as a time of celebration and gathering to show gratitude towards Allah (SWT) after a month of reflection.
How is Eid al-Adha celebrated?
Following the Eid prayer on the first day of Eid al-Adha, Muslims offer a sacrifice – Qurbani – to remember the sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim (AS) to Allah (SWT).
The Qurbani meat is divided into three equal portions per share; for you and your family, friends, and to be donated to those in need. A portion of this meat (from a sheep, goat, cow or camel) goes to help our brothers and sisters in need.
Why is Eid al-Adha celebrated?
Eid al-Adha is celebrated to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to Allah.
It symbolizes faith, devotion, and submission to Allah’s commands. The celebration serves as a reminder of the importance of sacrifice, gratitude, and caring for others in the Muslim faith.
When is Eid al-Adha?
The date may vary according to moon sightings in different parts of the world, but Eid-al Adha 2023 is predicted to begin at sunset on Wednesday 28th June 2023.
As the celebration lasts for 3 days, if Eid-al Adha begins at sunset on Wednesday 28th June, it will end on Saturday 1st July 2023.