Eid al Adha 2018
Eid al Adha 2018
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Eid al Adha 2018 will be celebrated on Tuesday, 21st of August 2018. This is the tentative date as the actual date is contingent on the sighting of the moon of Dhul Hijjah.
Eid ul Adha is a festival celebrated among Muslims all over the world in remembrance of the sacrifice that Prophet Ibrahim (AS) made out of his strong faith in Allah (SWT). Ibrahim (AS) showed a willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail (AS) but his son was replaced with a lamb by Allah (SWT). Allah (SWT) was so pleased with Ibrahim’s (AS) submission to Him that He made this demonstration of sacrifice and faith a permanent part of a Muslim’s life.
Hence, every year on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid ul Azha. On this day, Muslims slaughter a lamb, sheep, goat or a camel to honor the sacrifice of Ibrahim (AS). A sense of generosity and gratitude colors this festival.
This festival is meant to make a Muslim more virtuous in his or her deeds. It should not be meant only to offer sacrifices; rather it is meant to learn hidden lessons of freedom from selfish desires and to elevate a Muslim from anything that hinders his ability to fulfill his responsibilities as a Muslim. Allah says in the Quran:
“Their meat will not reach Allah, nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you. Thus have We subjected them to you that you may glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and give good tidings to the doers of good.” (Quran 22:37)
The first 10 days preceding Eid al Azha have great significance as they are meant to motivate and encourage Muslims for Eid. A Muslim must do maximum Ibadat in these days and then as an expression of reward, one celebrates Eid al Adha.
Frequently asked questions
- Q When was Eid al Adha in 2018?
A Eid al Adha 2018 will be celebrated on Tuesday, 21st of August 2018.
- Q Why do Muslims celebrate Eid ul Adha?
A Muslims celebrate Eid al Adha in remembrance of the incident of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) when he was willing to sacrifice his beloved son for Allah (SWT).
- Q What is the story behind Eid al Adha?
A Despite being coaxed into not making the sacrifice by Satan, Ibrahim (AS) did not deter from his decision. This reminds us that we must not give in to the whisperings of Satan. In addition, Ibrahim (AS) eventually did not have to sacrifice his son as he was presented with an animal by Allah (SWT) and was instructed to sacrifice that instead as Allah (SWT) was only testing Ibrahim (AS).
- Q What is the purpose of Eid al Adha?
A This story teaches us that no matter what trial we are presented with in life, we must always obey Allah (SWT) as He knows best.
- Q How do we know when Eid al Adha is?
A Eid al Adha is celebrated on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah. For ease, you can refer to the Islamic calendar or the Special Islamic days tab available on IslamicFinder.
- Q What happens at the festival of Eid al Adha?
A Muslims sacrifice animals and then distribute the meat of the sacrificed animal among friends, family and the poor and needy.