In Islam, two main festivals are celebrated by Muslims every Year one is Eid-Ul-Fitr and the second one is Eid-Ul-Adha. As Eid-Ul-Adha is not far away today we will just talk about Eid-Ul-Adha.
Eid-Ul-Adha is celebrated in the memory of Hazrat Ibrahim (alaihis salam) and his son Hazrat Ismail (alaihis salam). On this day Hazrat Ibrahim sacrificed his son as an act of obedience towards Allah.
Hazrat Ibrahim had a lot of dreams that he is sacrificing his son Hazrat Ismail in the way of Allah.
Hazrat Ibrahim loved his son a lot because this is the nature of a human being that when they become old, they love their children more than they do it usually and it was the same with Hazrat Ibrahim also. As Hazrat Ismail was just 13 years old you can imagine the love of his father for him.
One day Hazrat Ibrahim told his son as stated in the Quran “Oh son, I keep dreaming that I am slaughtering you”. So, on this statement, Hazrat Ismail answered very calm voice “Father, do what you are ordered to do”. Then Hazrat Ibrahim started preparing to sacrifice his son as an act of faith and obedience to Allah. During this readiness, Shaytaan enticed Abraham and his family by attempting to deter them from doing God’s charge, and Abraham drove Satan away by tossing stones at him. In remembrance of their dismissal of Satan, stones are tossed at emblematic columns Stoning of the Devil during Hajj ceremonies.
When everything was done and Hazrat Ibrahim was going to sacrifice his son holding the knife in his hand, Allah sent Angel Jibreel who called Hazrat Ibrahim (you have fulfilled the revelations)” and a lamb from heaven was offered by Angel Gabriel to Prophet Ibrahim to slaughter instead of Hazrat Ismail.
Every year Muslims celebrate Eid-Ul-Adha t remember both the devotion of Hazrat Ibrahim and the survival of Hazrat Ismail.
Eid is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah. The tradition for Eid al-Adha includes butchering an animal and sharing the meat in three equivalent parts – for family, for family members, and for poor people. The objective is to ensure each Muslim will eat meat. The festival has an unmistakable message of dedication, consideration, and equity.