Eid-ul-zaha, also known as Eid-ul-Adha in Arabic, has a gread significance all over the world as the day honours Prophet Ibrahim's (also known as Abraham) sacrifice.
Today, July 21, India is celebrating the holy day as Bakrid. This day Prophet Ibrahim went to give his son as an offering of sacrifice to the god. Muslims all over the globe celebrate this festival with a lot of enthusiasm. Namaz is offered at the mosque for the peace and prosperity of their loved ones.
The main highlight of this festival is the sacrificial ceremony of animals commonly known as the “Qurbani”. It is marked by sacrificing a lamb or an animal, which is later divided into three parts. One share is kept for home and the rest two shares are given to the poor and needy.
To mark the significance of the day, one has to go back 4,000 years when Prophet Ibraham once saw a dream in which he was asked to sacrifice something which he loved the most. He chose to sacrifice his son Isaac which was stopped by an angel who came and said to him that God was convinced of his love and he should not sacrifice a human life in the name to god.
In a calendar year there happens to be two Eid festivals and this one is celebrated as a ‘Greater Eid’. It also marks the end of the Haj pilgrimage which is the visit to the holy town of Mecca.
This time, in most of the Indian states, mosques will remain closed and devotees have been asked to celebrate the festival at home. As Maharashtra has maximum COVID-19 cases, the Home Minister has also appealed to the citizens to celebrate the festival in a symbolic and low-key manner.