Eid-ul-Adha is one of the very significant and important religious holidays amongst the religion of Islam. This is one of the three Eid which are being celebrated by the Muslims throughout the World. Eid ul Adha which is also known as Feast of the Sacrifice or the greater Eid is being commemorated on the account to honor and pay homage to the willingness of the Prophet Abraham (A.S) to sacrifice his own son Prophet Ismael (A.S) on the orders and instructions of the Almighty GOD.
The incident which laid the foundation of this Eid for the Muslims comes from the time of Hazrat Abraham (A.S), when He was the prophet, one night in his dream the prophet was being instructed by the Almighty ALLAH that He should sacrifice his own son in the way of the ALMIGHTY, in the morning Hazrat Abraham (A.S), without delaying it conveyed the dream to his son Hazrat Ismael (A.S), the son too agreed on it and as per the demands of GOD Hazrat Abraham (A.S) took his son on a mountain where he tied his eyes and was just about to sacrifice Him that a goat was being replaced by Hazrat Ismael (A.S) with the command of ALLAH ALMIGHTY. From that day this Eid was being celebrated to remember the Sacrifice and intentions and firm belief of Hazrat Abraham (A.S) on the ALMIGHTY GOD.
Eid ul Adha is being celebrated on three continuous days amongst the Muslims these days comprises of 10th of Dhul Hijjah up to the 12th of Dhul Hijjah of the Islamic Calendar (3 days and 2 nights). The Muslims throughout the world give sacrifices of Goats, sheep, cows and camels in the way of ALLAH and to remember what happened with Hazrat Abraham (A.S) and his Son Hazrat Ismael (A.S). The sacrifice must take place before the sunset of the 12th Dhul Hijjah. The sacrifice is not obligatory on every Muslim but Islam do show flexibility and care for the people as this Sacrifice is only obligatory on those who can afford it and for those who can’t afford might take the share in someone’s sacrifice and if the financial conditions are very poor than such people are exempted from this obligation. The meat which is being obtained through the sacrifice is to be divided in to three equal parts, amongst which one part is for the poor and needy people, the other part is for the relatives and the third part is for the family itself.