History of Eid Al Adha The history of Eid-al-Adha relates back to the time of Ibrahim (alayhi salaam).

Allah (subhanahu wata ala) says, And, when he [his son] was old enough to walk with him, he said, O my son! I have seen in a dream that I am slaughtering you, so look to what you think! He said, O my father! Do that which you are commanded, if Allah wills, you shall find me patient. (37:102). This trial was so great that Allah said in Surah Ss-Saffat (37:106), Verily, that indeed was a manifest trial. We are all aware that Ibrahim (alayhi salaam) did not actually slaughter his own son, Isma eel, but Allah tested him to see how far he will act on the command of Allah. And to top this off further, Allah presented Ibrahim (alayhi salaam) with a ram to sacrifice instead. Ibn al-Qayyim said regarding this, The purpose wasn t for Ibrahim to kill his son; rather it was to sacrifice him in his heart so all love belonged to Allah alone. It is a part of our tradition that during these blessed days of Dhul Hijjah and on the day of Eid-al-Adha that we remember the sacrifice of Ibrahim (alayhi salaam), and we reflect on what made him to be the strongest of the believers, a close friend of Allah, someone whom Allah has blessed (as is apparent from the durood portion of our salaat) and a leader of all the nations that follow. Eid-al-Adha is celebrated on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah, the twelfth and final month in the Islamic Lunar calendar. It marks the end of Hajj, which is the annual pilgrimage of Muslims worldwide to city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia. It is a time to rejoice and celebrate by wishing each other Eid Mubarak or Have a blessed Eid. It is as the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, The greatest day in the sight of Allah, may He be blessed and exalted, is the Day of Sacrifice (Abu Dawud). The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) also said: The day of Arafah, the day of Sacrifice, and the days of al-Tashreeq are our festival, us Muslims, and they are days of eating and drinking. (Tirmidhi). It is the day when many acts of worship are combined, such as reciting takbeerat exalting Allah, praying as a large community, and offering the udhiya (the sacrificial animal). From: http://muslimmatters.org/2010/11/15/eid-al-adha-important-reminders/

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