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Eidul Adha

The Sacrifice
Why do Muslims commemorate this day?
Eidul Adha is a festival which falls on the 10 of Dhul Hijjah. Muslims around the world celebrate this day to commemorate the good willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) to sacrifice his son Prophet Ismail (A.S), as an act of obedience to Allah (S.W.T). Eidul Adha is the second of two festivals in Islam, first being Eidul Fitri. Eidul Adha is celebrated after the pilgrims performing the Hajj descend from Mount Arafat.

Allah tested Ibrahim by commanding him in a dream to sacrifice his son, Ismail. While he was about to slaughter his son, Allah rewarded him with a sheep to be sacrificed instead, thus commemorating the celebration, Eidul Adha.

On the day of this festival there are 2 key things that Muslims do which is perform the Solat of Eidul Adha and sacrifice an animal, usually sheep but can be goats, camels  or cows. The slaughtering of the sheep is done after the Eid prayers and after which the meat is cooiked and distributed. Distribution of the meat is an essential practice for this festival and a portion of the meat is always given to the poor and needy.

After the sacrifice, Muslims would normally visit their family and friends to celebrate the festival, and this is a similar act for the celebration of Eidul Fitr. 

References:
[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eid_al-Adha
[2] http://www.theeid.com/eiduladha-celebrations
 
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