Muslims celebrating Baqr’Eid festival across the world
Eid al-Adha meaning “Festival of the sacrifice”, also called the Feast of the Sacrifice, the “Major Festival”,the “Greater Eid”, Baqr’Eid , or Tabaski , is the second of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide each year. It honors the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his promised son, Ishmael a, as an act of submission to God’s command, before God then intervened to provide Abraham with a lamb to sacrifice instead. The meat from the sacrificed animal is preferred to be divided into three parts. The family retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy.
According to Islamic tradition, approximately four thousand years ago, the valley of Mecca, Saudi Arabia was a dry, rocky and uninhabited place. God instructed Abraham to bring Hagar , his Arabian wife, and Ishmael, his only child at the time, to Arabia from the land of Canaan. When Ishmael was about 13 (Abraham being 99), God decided to test their faith in public. Abraham had a recurring dream, in which God was commanding him to offer up for sacrifice – an unimaginable act – his son, whom God had granted him after many years of deep prayer. Abraham knew that the dreams of the prophets were divinely inspired, and one of the ways in which God communicated with his prophets. When the intent of the dreams became clear to him, Abraham decided to fulfill God’s command and offer Ishmael for sacrifice. When Abraham attempted to cut Ishmael’s throat, he was astonished to see that Ishmael was unharmed and instead, he found a dead ram which was slaughtered. Abraham had passed the test by his willingness to carry out God’s command.