Eid ul Adhaa

Eid al-Adhaa or “Festival of Sacrifice” or “Greater Eid” is celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Ibraheem (Alayhi Salaam) to sacrifice his son Ismaeel (AS) as an act of obedience to Allah. Eid al-Adhaa annually falls on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijjah (last month of the lunar calendar). Eid al-Adhaa occurs the day after the pilgrims leave Arafah and head for Muzdalifah to pick up pebbles for stoning the pillars at Mina where Iblees tried to stop Ibraheem (AS) from carrying out this command of Allah. It begins on the 10th Zul Hijjah after Eid Salaah and lasts till the 12th Zul Hijah at sunset.
Other names for Eid ul Adhaa are ‘Eid ul-Kabīr in Arabic, meaning “Greater Eid/Festival”, is used in Yemen, Syria, and North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt). In Urdu-speaking areas, Eid ul Adhaa is also called Baqra Eid or Baqrī Eid, stemming either from the Arabic baqarah “heifer” (cow) or the Urdu word baqrī for “goat”, as cows and goats are among the sacrificed animals. That term was also borrowed into other languages, such as Tamil Bakr Eid Peru Nāl. Other local names include Zǎishēng Jié (“Slaughter-livestock Festival”) in Chinese, Tfaska Tamoqqart in the Berber language of Jerba, Tabaski or Tobaski in West African languages, Babbar Sallah in Nigerian languages, and Ciida gawraca in Somali.
Muslims who can afford, sacrifice their best domestic animals (usually sheep, but also camels, cows and goats and buffaloes) as a symbol of Ibraheem’s (AS) sacrifice. In some countries, families that do not own livestock can make a contribution to a charity that will provide meat to those who are in need. The sacrificed animals, called Uḍiyyah (Arabic), also known as al-Qurbāni), have to meet certain age and quality standards. Goats and sheep must be one year old or more. Two years old or older for cows, oxen and buffaloes, and five years old or older for camels. The following are the conditions for Udhiyyah. The animal should be free from defects. The animal should not…
1. have a third or more of it’s ear cut off
2. have a third or more of it’s tail cut off
3. have uprooted or broken horns (animals whose horns have not grown are permissible to slaughter)
4. be blind
5. be lame or crippled
6. be so thin and weak that the ribs are visible
7. be old animals
8. be sick in any way
9. be toothless

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