In Arabic, Eid al-Adha literally translates as “Feast of the Sacrifice”. This is because it honours the famous story of the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command.
Ibrahim drives away the devil – who is trying to persuade him to disobey God and let his son live – with pebbles, and prepares to sacrifice his son. However, seeing that Ibrahim was truly willing to sacrifice his son, Allah produces a lamb for him to sacrifice instead.
Thus, many Muslims view Eid al-Adha as the more holy of the two Eids, as it centres around devotion to Allah.
To remember Ibrahim’s story, Muslims ritually sacrifice sheep on Eid al-Adha. A third of the meat is eaten by the family who performs the sacrifice and the rest is given to the poor. A fact many people do not know is that the sacrifice can be something other than an animal – such as money given to charity or time spent doing community service.
For this Eid, the TIQ family prays that happiness stays at your doors; may it knock early and stay late and leave the gift of Allah’s love, peace, joy, and good health behind.