One of the major events of Eid-ul-Adha is the sacrifice of a goat, cow or camel that is done by the Muslims. This Eid welcomes many delicious cuisines from all houses and you can smell their aroma wafting from the chimneys and windows of the houses as you take a stroll on the streets. All the Muslims who can afford an animal for sacrifice enthusiastically do so on that day. All this is done in the remembrance of the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) that he did obeying the orders of Allah and having full faith and trust in Him.
Let’s have a recap on the event. On the command of Allah Almighty Prophet Ibrahim (AS) decided to sacrifice his son Ismail (AS). However, as soon as he was to place the blade of the knife on his son’s throat Allah Almighty replaced Ibrahim’s AS son with a sheep and his sacrifice was accepted. Such great was this event and the obedience of Prophet Ibrahim AS that Allah Almighty made this a part of Eid-ul-Adha.
This Eid is a part of the Hajj as the Holy Quran says:
And complete the Hajj and ‘umrah for Allah . But if you are prevented, then [offer] what can be obtained with ease of sacrificial animals. And do not shave your heads until the sacrificial animal has reached its place of slaughter. And whoever among you is ill or has an ailment of the head [making shaving necessary must offer] a ransom of fasting [three days] or charity or sacrifice. And when you are secure, then whoever performs ‘umrah [during the Hajj months] followed by Hajj [offers] what can be obtained with ease of sacrificial animals. And whoever cannot find [or afford such an animal] – then a fast of three days during Hajj and of seven when you have returned [home]. Those are ten complete [days]. This is for those whose family is not in the area of al-Masjid al-Haram. And fear Allah and know that Allah is severe in penalty. (Surat Al-Baqarah 2:196)
Here are some hadiths from Sahih Bukhari that tell us about Eid ul Adha.
Narrated Al-Bara: The Prophet said (on the day of Idal-Adha), "The first thing we will do on this day of ours, is to offer the (‘Id) prayer and then return to slaughter the sacrifice. Whoever does so, he acted according to our Sunna (tradition), and whoever slaughtered (the sacrifice) before the prayer, what he offered was just meat he presented to his family, and that will not be considered as Nusak (sacrifice)." (On hearing that) Abu Burda bin Niyar got up, for he had slaughtered the sacrifice before the prayer, and said, "I have got a six month old ram." The Prophet said, ‘Slaughter it (as a sacrifice) but it will not be sufficient for any-one else (as a sacrifice after you). Al-Bara’ added: The Prophet said, "Whoever slaughtered (the sacrifice) after the prayer, he slaughtered it at the right time and followed the tradition of the Muslims."
Narrated Abu Bakr: The Prophet said, "Time has come back to its original state which it had on the day Allah created the Heavens and the Earth. The year is twelve months, four of which are sacred, three of them are in succession, namely Dhul-Qa’da, Dhul Hijja and Muharram, (the fourth being) Rajab Mudar which is between Juma’da (ath-thamj and Sha’ban." The Prophet then asked, "Which month is this?" We said, "Allah and his Apostle know better." He kept silent so long that we thought that he would call it by a name other than its real name. He said, "Isn’t it the month of Dhul-Hijja?" We said, "Yes." He said, "Which town is this?" We said, "Allah and His Apostle know better." He kept silent so long that we thought that he would call it t,y a name other than its real name. He said, "isn’t it the town (of Mecca)?" We replied, "Yes." He said, "What day is today?" We replied, "Allah and His Apostle know better." He kept silent so long that we thought that he would call it by a name other than its real name. He said, "Isn’t it the day of Nahr?" We replied, "Yes." He then said, "Your blood, properties and honor are as sacred to one another as this day of yours in this town of yours in this month of yours. You will meet your Lord, and He will ask you about your deeds. Beware! Do not go astray after me by cutting the necks of each other. It is incumbent upon those who are present to convey this message to those who are absent, for some of those to whom it is conveyed may comprehend it better than some of those who have heard it directly." (Muhammad, the sub-narrator, on mentioning this used to say: The Prophet then said, "No doubt! Haven’t I delivered (Allah’s) Message (to you)? Haven’t I delivered Allah’s message (to you)?"
The best thing that can bring the spirit of celebration back for Eid-ul-Adha is the fact that the Muslims realize and relate the true spirit of oneness and surrender to Allah as was done by Hazrat Ibrahim (AS). He loved his son dearly but on the order of Allah he was willing to sacrifice him. This is no ordinary act. Allah expects big things from Muslims that are done from the core of their hearts. Let’s work to achieve those goals that bring us closer to Allah.by