Eid Al Adha, also known as the ‘Festival of Sacrifice,’ is one of the most significant celebrations on the Islamic calendar. Observed by Muslims across the globe, it is a time of prayer, feasting, and most importantly, remembering the spirit of sacrifice and obedience towards the divine command.
History Behind Eid Al Adha
The celebration of Eid Al Adha is rooted deeply in the history of Islam, paying homage to Prophet Ibrahim’s unwavering devotion to Allah. According to tradition, Prophet Ibrahim was willing to sacrifice his son, Ismail, in obedience to God’s command. In the very act of sacrifice, Allah intervened, replacing Ismail with a lamb from the heavens, symbolizing divine mercy and Ibrahim’s supreme faith. This act of sacrifice is what gives the festival its name and defines its central theme.
Rituals of the Day
On the day of Eid Al Adha, Muslims gather at mosques, dressed in their best attire to offer the special Eid prayers. Following the prayers, the act of sacrifice or Qurbani is performed by those who can afford it. This involves the sacrifice of an animal such as a goat, sheep, cow, or buffalo, emulating Prophet Ibrahim’s act of devotion. The meat from the sacrifice is divided into three parts, one for the family, one for relatives, friends, or neighbours, and the last part for the poor and needy. This act of distribution signifies sharing blessings and promoting a sense of community and equality.
Eid Al Adha Books
Amidst these rich traditions and heartfelt observances, reading can offer a meaningful way to reflect on the values that underpin the festival. This Eid Al Adha, we recommend a range of books that offer readers an immersive experience.
Jeddah… By Peter Pinar takes readers on an artistic journey through the captivating city of Jeddah. It captures the aura of the ancient world and evokes a sense of appreciation for a simple, meaningful life.
From Brokenness to Whole guides readers towards inner strength and resilience. Amidst the festivities of Eid Al Adha, this book is a profound reminder of our inherent ability to overcome adversity.
Messages is a heartening compilation of letters that inspire introspection and self-discovery. The book emphasizes the importance of balanced thought and inner peace, resonating with the festival’s contemplative spirit.
One Day, He Told Me is an exploration of happiness. It beautifully encapsulates the joy in simple things in life, aligning with the ethos of Eid Al Adha.
Eid Al Adha presents us with an opportunity to honour and internalize the principles of faith, sacrifice, and charity. In addition to the traditional observances, the act of reading can serve as a quiet, reflective retreat that complements the spirit of this auspicious occasion. So, as you delve into the festivities this year, do set aside some time to explore these enriching reads.
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