"Eid-Ul-Adha is a day of remembrance. Even
in the most joyful times, the Muslim makes a fresh start of the day by
a session of congregational prayers to Allah in an open space. Muslims
use the occasion to pray to Allah and to glorify His name to demonstrate
the remembrance of His grace and favours. Muslims also remember the deceased
by praying for their souls to rest in peace. The needy and vulnerable
in society are also remembered by showing them sympathy and consolation."
Muslims around the world celebrate
"this feast of commitment, obedience and self-sacrifice to Allah. They
wear their nicest clothing and attend Salatul-Eid (Eid Prayer) in the morning.
This is followed by a short sermon, after which everyone socializes. Next,
people visit each other's homes and partake in festive meals with special
dishes, beverages, and desserts. Children receive gifts and sweets on this
In addition, like the pilgrims in
Makkah (Mecca), the Muslims, who can afford to do so, offer domestic animals,
usually sheep, as a symbol of Ibrahim's sacrifice." 4,5 Some of the
meat is given to the poor -- often one third. The rest is shared among the
family, relatives and friends. Besides, Eid-Ul-Adha is a time when Muslims
pray for forgiveness from God and strength of faith. They, in turn, forgive
others, releasing any feelings of enmity or ill feeling towards others.
2 Many Muslims exchange greeting cards at this time. 6