Muslims all around the world gather on this day to sacrifice livestock as Sunat-e-Ibrahimi in the name of Allah. The meaning of word Eid is “Happiness” or “Joy”. If one closely analysis the reasons why Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with more joy and energy compared Eid-ul-Adha, then the major conclusion that one comes up with is the fact that the former Eid is preceded by the month of Ramadan in which Muslims pray and worship excessively, thus, when Eid comes they consider it their reward for all the prayers and worship hence give it more energy and spirit. On the other hand, because of lack of knowledge, Muslims don’t have any such motivation available to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha and they just opt for doing it with ordinary spirit. There are some hadiths of Prophet (PBUH) that encourage increased Ibadah during the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah, which if done gives the same spirit and motivation for celebration of Eid-ul-Adha as is for Eid-ul-Fitr.
From the hadith it is clear that compared to rest of the year, the good deeds committed in the first ten days of Dhul-Hijja have no match to any other day of the year. Therefore, a Muslim must increase Ibadah in these ten days, so that he or she gets the maximum possible reward and then as an expression of reward, one celebrates on Eid-ul-Adha.
Remembering The Sacrifice of Ibrahim (AS):
One of the major attractions of Eid-ul-Adha is the sacrifice of animal that takes place on the day of Eid. All the Muslims who are able to afford an animal for sacrifice do so on that day and all this is done in commemoration of the Sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim (AS).
On the call of Allah Almighty Prophet Ibrahim (AS) sacrificed his beloved son Ismail (AS). However, as soon as he was to slit his throat with a knife, Allah Almighty replaced Ismail (AS) with a sheep and accepted his sacrifice. Allah Almighty has made this Sunnah of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) a part of Eid-ul-Adha and Muslims since then have been sacrificing animals following his footsteps.
The thing that can bring the spirit of celebration back for Eid-ul-Adha is Muslims realizing and relating with Hazrat Ibrahim (AS). He loved his son but when the order of Allah came he was willing to sacrifice his beloved son in the name of Allah. All Allah wants from Muslims is to sacrifice an animal for Him, however, if Muslims buy this animal days before the day, then they could also develop affiliation with it and when it is to be sacrificed then they can have a very slight idea of what went through the mind and heart of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) that’s is something about the emotions. Thus, when such a feeling is developed in the heart of a Muslim, then he or she realizes the true purpose of Eid-ul-Adha and rightful celebration is done so take care of your Eid animal and Allah will reward you.
Sunnah of Muhammad (PBUH):
For a Muslim the best personality to follow is the personality of Muhammad (PBUH). He was complete in every sense of matter no doubt, therefore, whenever Muslims are in a condition where they seek guidance, they instantly turn towards the Sunnah of Prophet (PBUH) and perform the relative things as Prophet (PBUH) performed in His life or the instructions that he gave about the particular subject. Prophet Muhammad PBUH is the best guider who set the equilibrium in everything. Some of the major Sunnahs of Prophet (PBUH) when it came to celebrating Eid-ul-Adha are (must follow):
1 Performing Ghusl on Eid day
2 Wearing the best and most beautiful clothes available before going to the mosque for Eid prayer.
3 Taking one route while going to prayer and coming back from other way around.
4 Offer the Eid prayer in congregation at the Eid prayer place.
5 Congratulating all at the congregation as well as all those who meet on the way back home.
6 Eating nothing in breakfast until the animal was sacrificed and choosing something to eat from its meat.
Thus, if a Muslim can follow these Sunnahs then he or she can be assured that they have celebrated Eid-ul-Adha in the rightful and deserving manner.
Eid Mubarak from team World Raters.