How to attain the true joy of Eid-ul-Adha

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Eids are the festivals of Islam designed for Muslims, but they are not like the festivals in other religions. These festivals are for those who have worked hard striving for winning the pleasure of Allah. If one analyses why Muslims end up celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr with more joy compared to Eid-ul-Adha, then one would see that the former Eid comes after Muslims have fasted and spent nights in ibadah. This is precisely why when Eid comes Muslims consider it a reward for all their prayers and fasts and hence celebrate it more energy and spirit.

Similarly, with Eid-ul-Adha, the enthusiasm is somewhat not the same because Muslims haven’t fasted or prayed before it. But this shouldn’t be the case. There are actually very beneficial fasts before Eid-ul-Adha and the lack of knowledge among Muslims prevents them from benefitting from them. There are authentic 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 the celebration of Eid-ul-Adha as is for Eid-ul-Fitr.

In one hadith, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:

“There are no deeds as excellent as those done in these ten days.” They (the Companions) said, “Not even Jihad?” He said, “No not even Jihad except a man who goes forth endangering his life and wealth and does not return with anything.” (Bukhari)

From the hadith, it is clear that compared to the rest of the year, the good deeds committed in the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah have no match to any other day of the year.

In another hadith, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:

“There are no other days that are as great as these in the sight of Allah, the Most Sublime. Nor are there any deeds more beloved to Allah than those that are done in these ten days. So increase in Tahlil (to say La Ilaha Illalah), takbir (to say Allahu Akbar) and Tahmid (to say Alhamdulillah).” (Tabrani)

This hadith clearly shows Prophet (PBUH) instructing Muslims to increase praise of Allah by reciting different Tasbeehat during the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.

Also on Eid Day, the following are the practices that all Muslims should carry out:

  • Performing Ghusl on Eid day
  • Wearing the best and most beautiful clothes available before going to the mosque for Eid prayer
  • Taking one route while going to prayer and coming back from other way around
  • Offer the Eid prayer in congregation at the Eid prayer place
  • Congratulating all at the congregation as well as all those who meet on the way back home
  • 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.

Celebrating Eid in the proper manner is precisely what leads you to enjoy this occasion in all its completeness. There is the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim that most people concentrate on, but the true spirit of Eid comes from the worship of Allah. May Allah guide us to the right path.

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