Bakri-Eid, one of the two Eids celebrated by the Islam community every year, the other one being Eid-ul-Fitr. Eid-ul-Fitr, which means ‘breaking the fast’ is celebrated at the end of Ramadan whereas Bakri-Eid also knew Eid-ul-Adha is the ‘feast of sacrifice’ which is observed two months later and marks the end of Hajj that is the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Bakri-Eid: The festival of sacrifice
Also known as Eid-Qurbaan, this day is the second of the two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year, the other being Eid-ul-Fitr. This day honors the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismaeel as ordered to him by Allah. But before he could complete the sacrifice, he was provided with a lamb by God to sacrifice instead. Thus this day became auspicious to the Muslim community. On this day an animal, usually, a sheep is sacrificed and is divided into three parts. Of the three shares, one is given to the poor, one is kept for home and the other is divided among relatives.
The entire story revolves around a man named Ibrahim who had dedicated his entire life to Allah. As a child, he was against the fact that people worshipped stone and clay statues as Gods. His father, Azer, a well-known sculptor would craft idols from stones and wood and Ibrahim watched him do this. He would always question why people offer these idols food while asking for favors.
One night Ibrahim traveled up to a mountain to watch the sky and observe nature. Suddenly he heard a voice, calling him. It was none other than Almighty Allah. He was startled to see his Lord before him. He was asked to submit to Allah and become a Muslim. Ibrahim fell to the ground, trembling in fear he cried out loud: “I submit myself to the Lord of the Universe!” He made his way back home. His life changed, forever.
Ibrahim now had a motto: to spread the message of Allah and guide everyone towards truth, to help them accept Allah as their one true God. He first went to his father to share his message but was ignored. When he tried to spread it among the people, he was rejected and threatened with violence.
One evening, the day of a big celebration when all the people were celebrating, Ibrahim went into a temple and demolished all the idols except a big one. When the people came to know about this, they were horrified. When Ibrahim was asked if he did this, he said no…the big idol did this and asked everyone to clear their doubts by asking that same idol. But the people said that it can’t speak. And then Ibrahim said that there’s no point in worshipping something which cannot hear or speak. But anger has spread and Nimrod, the then king of Babylon, sanctioned an order to burn Ibrahim alive. He was chained and was ready to be burnt when he was visited by Angel Jibreel. He asked if Allah was satisfied with him and asked to bless him. And a miracle happened, the fire did not burn him but it loosened the chain and Ibrahim walked out, without a scratch.
He gathered a few followers. He married one of his followers named Sarah but they couldn’t have a child after many days. Sarah fell ill and was appointed a maid named Hajar. Hajar became Ibrahim’s second wife on the saying of Sarah. And this time Allah blessed them with a boy named Ismaeel. Then Ibrahim set out with his wife and son and traveled to the desert in Arabia. He kept his wife and son under the shed of a tree and himself set out for home.
Ismaeel and Hajar’s supplies were soon finished and now they started to dehydrate. Hajar became desperate to bring water to her son and set out to fund water. She was visited by Angel Jibreel and she touched the sand with her foot and made water come out of the sand. Known as Zamzam to this day, every follower would drink this holy water. The place, Makkah, became a bustling settlement.
When Ibrahim returned his wife had passed out because of his absence. And now Allah wanted to test him, once again. He dreamt that Allah ordered him to sacrifice what he loved the most: his son. He told his son about this and they both agreed to surrender to the will of God. As he was about to do the sacrifice, a large ram appeared and he was told to sacrifice this instead. Allah was happy with Ibrahim’s loyalty and thus he was rewarded.
Ibrahim slaughtered a sheep to the glory of God. Both set out to gather followers. They were asked by Allah to build the sacred House Of Kaaba. Ibrahim and his son worked together to build the Kaaba. Then they were approached by Angel Jibreel and were taught the rituals of Hajj. Using a large stone as a platform, Ibrahim addressed his people, urging them to obey Allah. This large stone can still be seen near the Kaaba. It is known as ‘Maqam Ibrahim’. The stone has on it the footprints of Ibrahim.
Bakri-Eid: Continuing the Hajj and Qurbaani
Every year millions of Muslim followers travel to Makkah to pay their homage and to mark the sacrifice made by Ibrahim. People celebrate this day by sacrificing a sheep and sharing it with relatives, family, and poor people. The sacrifice of Ibrahim is commemorated every year and the Qurbaani is donated by many to those who are in desperate need of food. Devotees offer the Eid al-Adha prayers at the mosque.
The Eid al-Adha prayer is performed any time after the sun completely rises up to just before the entering of Zuhr time, on the 10th of Dhu al-Hijjah. People distribute meat, sweets, and maamoul and chant the Takbir out loud before the prayers on the first day. Men, women, and children are expected to dress in their finest clothing.
As the amazing day of Eid-ul-Adha approaches, people commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his own son. By being merciful towards those who are less unfortunate, Allah would shower his divine blessings and would bring them one step closer to God.
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Written by Soham Biswas