Published: Sat, September 02, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

Eid-el-Adha : Muslims in Indonesia pray against religious extremism

Eid-el-Adha : Muslims in Indonesia pray against religious extremism

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Muslims around the world are today [Friday] celebrating the Eid ul-Adha festival, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice.

The word "Eid" appears in Sura al-Mai'da (The Table Spread, Chapter 5) of the Qur'an, meaning solemn festival, he added. Ibrahim was ready to sacrifice his son - albeit with a heavy heart.

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The day for the Muslims to celebrate has come.

The final days of hajj coincide with the Eid al-Adha holiday, or "Feast of Sacrifice", to commemorate Ibrahim's test of faith.

The gracious Allah (God) has ordered his disciple Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael. According to Quran when Ibrahim offered to sacrifice his son, God intervened by sending his angel Jibra'il (Gabriel), who then put a male sheep in his son's place. The meat obtained from the sacrificed animal is considered pious and distributed among friends and family. People begin the Bakrid celebrations by offering the Eid al-Adha prayers of two rakats followed by a sermon (khutbah).

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"Eid al-Adha, which embodies the completion of Islam as a religion and its divine revelation as a spiritual and moral way of salvation, is a holiday that encourages mercy, solidarity, and brotherhood in people".

It is traditional to sacrificing an animal and give an equal share to the less fortunate, to relatives and for your own family. In Saudi Arabia, the celebrations go on for a whole fortnight, and in Turkey and Qatar, it is celebrated for 10 days.

Worshippers will usually slaughter a sheep or a goat as part of the festivities - but anyone wishing to sacrifice an animal in the United Kingdom must conform to welfare standards.

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