Eid-ul-Zuha or also known as Bakrid, is one of the major festivals of Islam. This festival is celebrated around the world with much fanfare around 70 days after the end of Ramadan. There is such a belief about this festival that on this day Hazrat Ibrahim was going to sacrifice his son Hazrat Ismail according to the orders of God.
Seeing his devotion and determination, Allah gave life to his son. Since then this festival of Eid-ul-Zuha started being celebrated every year. In India too, this festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and this day is a public holiday across the country so that the people of the Muslim community can celebrate this festival with great pomp.
Bakrid Festival 2021
In the year 2021, the festival of Eid-ul-Zuha will start on Monday, July 19, and will end on Tuesday, July 20.
Why is Eid-ul-Zuha celebrated? (Why Do We Celebrate Eid-Ul-Adha)
This festival, known as Eid-ul-Zuha or Bakrid, is celebrated around the world 70 days after the holy month of Ramadan. This festival holds a very important place in Islam as it is considered a symbol of sacrifice and sacrifice. Various types of animals are sacrificed by the people on this day, mainly the sacrifice of goats is prominent. There is a special reason behind this tradition, for which this custom of sacrifice is followed.
It is believed that on this day Hazrat Ibrahim was going to sacrifice his son on the orders of Allah, in fact Allah was testing Hazrat Ibrahim that how big a sacrifice he could make for the religion. While sacrificing his son, he should not get caught in emotions. So he put a bandage on his eyes and when he opened his blindfold after the sacrifice, he saw that his son was a sheep on the sacrificial altar and his son was standing in front of him. This is the reason why on this day Muslims all over the world sacrifice animals to show their faith in Allah.
How Bakrid is Celebrated – Custom and Tradition
Like every festival, there is a special way to celebrate the festival of Eid-ul-Zuha. According to Islam, on the day of Eid-ul-Zuha, every person should do ghusl and wear nice and clean clothes and apply perfume. Namaz should be offered in the open field. For Namaz, one should go with utmost comfort while reciting Takbirat with a loud voice. Along with this, there is also a special custom of sacrifice on this festival. On which people offer sacrifices to Allah according to their ability.
On Eid-ul-Zuha three parts of the meat of the sacrificed animal are made. A part of it is kept for itself. There is a custom of distributing the remaining two parts among the poor and needy, because the purpose of this ritual of sacrifice is that its benefits reach as many poor as possible. So that the poor and needy people can also enjoy meat on this day, celebrating this festival with great pomp, and on this festival of Eid-ul-Zuha, due to the scarcity, they are forced to celebrate this festival by eating some dry food. Don’t be
There is also a custom of feasting on this day after the sacrifice. In which people invite their friends and relatives. This festival of Eid-ul-Zuha is celebrated by the people with great enthusiasm and harmony. On this day, all the people together enjoy the meat of sacrifice in the feast. He helps the poor and takes a vow to give up every bad habit.
Modern Tradition of Eid-Ul-Adha/Eid-Ul Juha
Like every festival, many changes have taken place in the festival of Eid-ul-Zuha. While many of these changes are quite good, many of these changes are not compatible with the present times. The festival of Eid-ul-Zuha is a festival of mutual love, brotherhood, service to the poor. On this day, people devote their time to the worship of God and take a vow to sacrifice their dear things for the sake of religion and invite their friends and relatives for a feast. But along with these things, many negative changes have also taken place in this festival.
In today’s time, a lot of animals are sacrificed by the people. In which many large animals such as camels, bulls etc. are also sacrificed and sometimes these animals are sacrificed in public places. Due to which a large amount of blood and dirt collects on the roads and due to lack of proper cleaning facilities, these things become the cause of dirt, stench and various types of diseases.
In fact, sacrifice on the festival of Eid-ul-Zuha means sacrificing and sacrificing one’s favorite thing. Which means use your dear things for the good and good of the people. Hazrat Mohammad Sahab has ordered that any person should be ready to sacrifice us for whatever family, society or country he lives in.
However, modernity has also been seen in this festival in many places. In which people celebrate the festival of Eid-ul-Zuha by cutting a symbolic cake of goat or animal instead of animals, which is quite favorable according to today’s time. We need to encourage more such changes so that, making this festival more suited according to today’s time, its popularity can be increased even more.
Significance of Eid-ul-Adha
Eid-ul-Zuha is one of the most important festivals of Islam. It is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm by Muslims all over the world. The purpose of the sacrifice given on this day is that its benefit can reach as many poor as possible. This is the reason that three parts of the sacrifice are performed on this day. Out of which one part is kept for himself, while the remaining two part is distributed among the poor and needy. So that he too can enjoy meat on the day of this festival.
This festival makes us understand the importance of love, brotherhood and sacrifice. On this day it is customary to donate one’s favorite thing in the way of God. This day increases the feeling of faith in God in the mind of man. On this day people enjoy this festival together. He helps poor people and takes a vow to give up his bad habits. The sacrifice of an animal is just a symbol, the meaning of real sacrifice is to serve and help people, leaving their comforts and conveniences.
History of Eid-ul-Adha
The history of the festival of Eid-ul-Zuha is quite ancient and many beliefs and stories are prevalent about it, but the belief that is most prevalent in this subject. According to him, this festival is celebrated to commemorate the sacrifice made by Hazrat Ibrahim. The story goes like this, once Allah asked Hazrat Ibrahim to sacrifice the most beloved thing from him, that is, the sacrifice of his son. To which Hazrat Ibrahim agreed without hesitation. According to the order of Allah, Hazrat Ibrahim went far away from the population to sacrifice his son.
Along with this, before the sacrifice, he put a blindfold on his eyes so that while doing this work, he would not get distracted from his work by getting caught in the love feelings of his son. As soon as he opened his bandage by sacrificing his son with his blindfold on, he saw that Allah had accepted the sacrifice of a sheep in place of his son and his son was standing in front of him. In fact, Allah was testing them.
In which he succeeded and proved that he does not hesitate to sacrifice even his dearest thing for the sake of Allah. Since then it is believed that if there is one thing that Allah likes the most in everything in the world, then it is sacrifice. This is the reason why this festival of Eid-ul-Zuha is celebrated with so much fervor by Muslims all over the world and this special practice of sacrifice is followed on this day.
The history of this festival is very old in India too. Historical accounts reveal that the Mughal emperor Jahangir, along with his subjects, used to celebrate this important festival of Eid-ul-Zuha with great pomp. On this day a special vegetarian meal was organized in the court in the evening in honor of non-Muslims. Whose pure vegetarian food was prepared by Hindu cooks only. In the joy of this day, the emperor also used to donate, in which he used to provide many types of gifts to his subjects. Due to these cultural and historical reasons, even today this festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm in India.