The auspicious festival of Eid is already here and the whole world is already busy wishing each other. Out of all those WhatsApp messages and tweets one of the cutest wishes is by Sesame!
We hope your Eid is filled with love and kindness! Eid Mubarak! pic.twitter.com/x1HHzH9BO7
— Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) September 12, 2016
Even Facebook never backs off to wish its users on every celebration and as soon as the moon emerged into the sky, Facebook itself decorated our timelines on Eid!
The Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday honors Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son in submission to God’s command. Under Muslim tradition, that son was Ishmael; under the Judeo-Christian religions, that son was Isaac. Both traditions say an angel intervened to prevent the sacrifice.
Eid al-Adha is considered a solemn holiday and translates to Festival of Sacrifice.
Ibrahim (Abraham) left Hagar and Ishmael in Canaan with a limited supply of food and water. When the supplies ran out, Hagar ran up and down two hills to find water but finally collapsed. She prayed for deliverance and a spring popped up at Ishmael’s feet, and according to some accounts that happened because of the intervention by the angel Jibra’il (Gabriel). The site became known as the Zamzam Well. Other accounts have Ibrahim taking his son to Mount Moriah and preparing to cut the youth’s neck before the angel substitutes a ram, a story that more closely mirrors the account in the Bible of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac.
Prayers for the holiday are held at the mosque and the men of the community are expected to attend after bathing and dressing up. Whether women participate varies among communities. Some travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to perform the hajj.
Affluent Muslims are expected to sacrifice their best halal animals to symbolize Ibrahim’s sacrifice. A third of the animal’s meat is then distributed to the poor with the rest distributed to family and friends.