| Eid-ul-Adha is the celebration of sacrifice, and it is important for two
First, during Eid-ul-Adha we remember the spirit of Prophet Ibrahim
(peace be upon him) and how he was willing to sacrifice the person he
loved the most, because it was Allah's (SWT) command.
Allah chose Ibrahim to restore the Kabah from disrepair, and Ibrahim had
his son Ismael (peace also be upon him) help him. It took them months in
the desert heat, but they kept going because of their burning love for
Allah. Once the Kabah was finally done, Allah asked Ibrahim (on the 10th
day of the month of Dhul' Hijja - the day we celebrate Eid) to sacrifice
Ismael on that very spot. Wow - Allah asked Ibrahim to sacrifice his own
son Ishmael, and Ibrahim didn't even once think "why" or that
he might say "no" - if that's what Allah wanted, he trusted
Him no matter what! His faith was rewarded when his son's life was
spared by Allah at the very last minute. Just as the knife was coming
down, there was a lamb in the place of Ishmael and that's what Ibrahim
Second, Eid-ul-Adha ends the period of Hajj (the 5th pillar of Islam -
remember?). Every year, about 3 million people go to Mecca and perform
the pilgrimage together. Everyone is dressed the same; nobody is better
than anybody else. Seeing the Kabah is like a homecoming - the place on
earth where you can be closest to Allah. This is the spot you face
everyday at home when you do your prayers - and now you're really there!
You forget about everything else in the world except what you are doing
at that moment. Even the people who do not perform the Hajj that year
think about what it symbolizes and celebrate that.
Celebrating Eid-ul-Adha with your family and friends is similar to that
of Eid-ul-Fitr. Many people also sacrifice animals (like goats or lambs)
for this Eid, which is a Sunnah act. When this is done, 1/3 of the meat
goes to the needy people, 1/3 is given to neighbors and friends, and 1/3
stays with your family.