Assalamu alaykum,

Aid Mubarak Said to every Muslim, may Allah accept your repentance, forgive you and bless you…

Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى‎ ‘Īdu l-’Aḍḥā) or "Festival of Sacrifice" or "Greater Eid" is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Isma’il) as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a ram to sacrifice instead. [b:2y18ggsm]The meat is divided into three equal parts to be distributed to others. The family retains one third of the share, another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors, and the other third is given to the poor & needy.[/b:2y18ggsm]


Barak’Allah fikum ;)

– 15 Nov 2010, 19:20 –

[b:2y18ggsm]What does Eid al-Adha commemorate?
During the Hajj, Muslims remember and commemorate the trials and triumphs of the Prophet Abraham. The Qur’an describes Abraham as follows:

[i:2y18ggsm]"Surely Abraham was an example, obedient to Allah, by nature upright, and he was not of the polytheists. He was grateful for Our bounties. We chose him and guided him unto a right path. We gave him good in this world, and in the next he will most surely be among the righteous." [/i:2y18ggsm](Qur’an 16:120-121)

One of Abraham’s main trials was to face the command of Allah to kill his only son. Upon hearing this command, he prepared to submit to Allah’s will. When he was all prepared to do it, Allah revealed to him that his "sacrifice" had already been fulfilled. He had shown that his love for his Lord superceded all others, that he would lay down his own life or the lives of those dear to him in order to submit to God.

[b:2y18ggsm]Why do Muslims sacrifice an animal on this day?[/b:2y18ggsm]

During the celebration of Eid al-Adha, Muslims commemorate and remember Abraham’s trials, by themselves slaughtering an animal such as a sheep, camel, or goat. This action is very often misunderstood by those outside the faith.

Allah has given us power over animals and allowed us to eat meat, but only if we pronounce His name at the solemn act of taking life. Muslims slaughter animals in the same way throughout the year. By saying the name of Allah at the time of slaughter, we are reminded that life is sacred.

The meat from the sacrifice of Eid al-Adha is mostly given away to others. One-third is eaten by immediate family and relatives, one-third is given away to friends, and one-third is donated to the poor. The act symbolizes our willingness to give up things that are of benefit to us or close to our hearts, in order to follow Allah’s commands. It also symbolizes our willingness to give up some of our own bounties, in order to strengthen ties of friendship and help those who are in need. We recognize that all blessings come from Allah, and we should open our hearts and share with others.

It is very important to understand that the sacrifice itself, as practiced by Muslims, has nothing to do with atoning for our sins or using the blood to wash ourselves from sin. This is a misunderstanding by those of previous generations: [i:2y18ggsm]"It is not their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him." [/i:2y18ggsm](Qur’an 22:37)

The symbolism is in the attitude - a willingness to make sacrifices in our lives in order to stay on the Straight Path. Each of us makes small sacrifices, giving up things that are fun or important to us. A true Muslim, one who submits his or herself completely to the Lord, is willing to follow Allah’s commands completely and obediently. It is this strength of heart, purity in faith, and willing obedience that our Lord desires from us.

[b:2y18ggsm]What else do Muslims do to celebrate the holiday?[/b:2y18ggsm]

On the first morning of Eid al-Adha, Muslims around the world attend morning prayers at their local mosques. Prayers are followed by visits with family and friends, and the exchange of greetings and gifts. At some point, members of the family will visit a local farm or otherwise will make arrangements for the slaughter of an animal. The meat is distributed during the days of the holiday or shortly thereafter.

I was just wondering - If a Muslim born person says that he doesn’t believe in Allah and that he wants to become an atheist, would that be accepted by his friends and family? And how would the society look on him.

Just wondering cause I’m an atheist and no one says anything about here in Denmark. It’s actually very normal to not believe in anything here…

[quote="Outlaws0023":3i9sc4ut]I was just wondering - If a Muslim born person says that he doesn’t believe in Allah and that he wants to become an atheist, would that be accepted by his friends and family? And how would the society look on him.[/quote:3i9sc4ut]

If he doesn’t want to be a Muslim anymore it’s his choice. He must keep that choice personal and secret.
If he says it to everyone there’s a chance he would be socially rejected. If he takes to choice to confront the society, he must take then the responsibility of that action. It depends on the family, the social background… some families could accept it, others won’t. Relativity.

Eid Mubarak beforehand to all muslims.

It’s not yet Eid right like now in Spain,like around 11hours or so to go and we go pray.Really sad I can’t be in Pakistan(am from Pakistan) to celebrate it.
And thank you for explaining it so clearly Kanzaki,really like’d it. :clap:

Oh I see :)
Thx for explaining

eid mubarak :)

Are you a muslim Kanzaki-san?

That was interesting.