Why do Muslims Celebrate Eid-ul-Adha?

Eid-ul-Adha is the celebration of sacrifice. Countless Muslims perform Udhiya every year to fulfil the obligation that is put on them by Allah (SWT). However, this isn’t the only reason why Eid-al-Adha is celebrated in the entire world but there are two major reasons behind it:

The first reason to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha is to remember the spirit of Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH). The way Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) decided to sacrifice his only child, Ismail (PBUH), for the will of Allah (SWT) is a story that we all should read again and again and to tell our children as well. On the day when we celebrate Eid-ul-Adha, Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) grabbed a knife to sacrifice his son on God’s command. By performing a sacrifice of a suitable animal, we emulate the Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH).

The second reason why we celebrate Eid-ul-Adha is that, the very day of Eid-ul-Adha ends the period of Hajj. As we all know Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam, its value for every Muslim is great. Each and every year, around three million people travel to Makkah for performing Hajj. Pilgrimage is another word that is given to the Hajj for Muslims but its meaning is same. The most significant part about the whole pilgrimage is that every Muslim whether rich or poor, wears the same dress that was made a standard for every pilgrim. The particular clothing is called Ihram, which is basically two pieces of white sheets that every man has to wear throughout his journey till the completion of the Hajj.

Thus, among many of the reasons, these two are the most significant reasons why Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Adha. One of the greatest things about Eid-ul-Adha is that people sacrifice animals during the Eid celebration and give 1/3 of the meat to the poor and needy that includes the helpless into the Eid celebrations as well.

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