- Today is a very special and solemn day for Muslims
- It marks the celebration of the Feast of Sacrifice or “Eid al-Adha”
- Reported here are some of the most important facts about the said event
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The Philippines is one of the many countries in the world that take part in the commemoration of Eid al-Adha, or the so-called Feast of Sacrifice.
KAMI learned that the government already declared August 12, 2019 as a regular holiday in observance of the aforementioned holy event for the Muslims.
Here are 5 of the most important and interesting things that you should know about the feast:
1. The meaning of Eid al-Adha
Eid al-Adha is considered as one of the greatest and most-celebrated feasts of Islam. It commemorates the willingness of Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son just to obey the command of Allah, his God.
It is stated in the sacred book of Islam that when Abraham was about to sacrifice his child named Ismail, Allah immediately replaced the son with a lamb and the animal became the sacrifice instead.
2. The significance of Eid al-Adha
Muslims are known in the world for having a deep and sincere devotion to their one, true God called “Allah.” This is one of the reasons why all of them pay respect to the decision made by Abraham when he dreamt of sacrificing his 10-year-old son to Him.
For Muslims, and also for people from other religions, the feast is a great symbolism of unwavering faith to God, whatever name he possesses.
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3. How people celebrate Eid-al-Adha?
According to Detroit Free Press, there are millions of Muslims who travel to the holy city of Mecca to form a cube-shaped object called “Kaaba” and praise God.
They also follow the story in Quran about the historic act of Abraham. They sacrifice animals such as goats, sheep, and cows and they give the meat to their neighbors, family, or less-fortunate members of the community.
In Manila, hundreds of Muslims gathered together and offered prayers to commemorate the Feast of Sacrifice.
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4. Choosing the date when Eid al-Adha is celebrated
Eid al-Adha is not always celebrated on the 12th of August every year. There is a process for choosing the date when the said feast is commemorated.
The dates of important occasions in Islam are determined by the phases of the moon since their calendar is a lunar calendar. Eid-al Adha is celebrated on the 10th day of the Islamic calendar’s final month.
Last year, the feast was celebrated on August 21. In 2020, the commemoration will happen on the 31st of July.
5. The difference between Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr
Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr are two of the highly-celebrated occasions in the religion of Islam. The latter marks the end of Ramadan, the months when Muslims fast on daylight hours. It already permits Muslims to break the routine of fasting every day.
Meanwhile, Eid Al-Adha marks the end of Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It commemorates the obedience of Abraham as a devotee of Allah.
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