Eid to be Celebrated on Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Saudi Arabia, UAE, UK and rest of the world...
Muslims celebrate Eid al Adha in memory of Prophets Abraham and Ishmael. Quran says that when Ishmael started walking with his father, Abraham started seeing dream in which God almighty instructed him to sacrifice Ishmael. Abraham being the most obedient of all the people in the world decided to follow Allah’s instructions and told Ishmael that he has seen himself sacrificing Ishmael in his dream and asked him what was his opinion.
Despite being so young, Quran says Ishmael didn’t take a minute to respond and told his father to do ‘as you have been instructed to do’. Both Abraham and Ishmael showed ultimate submission to God’s will when both agreed for the sacrifice. Ishmael was the first son of Prophet Abraham and he was born when the Prophet Abraham was in his nineties. Quran says that at the very moment that Abraham raised the knife, Allah ordered him to stop — they had passed the test — and to replace Ishmael with a sacrificial ram.
Sacrifice that Muslims do across the world during the Haj and in other places too is in memory of the father and son. Allah (SWT) was so pleased with their dedication that He asked believers to sacrifice in their memory in all the places and on this occasion. The slaughtered sheep or bull or camel is consumed by the person doing the sacrifice and two third parts is distributed among poor and relatives.