How, When is EID AL-ADHA Celebrated?
Africa is home to over 5 million people who follow the Islamic faith, with the Middle East and, North Africa (MENA) region having the highest concentration of Muslims worldwide. The majority of the continent’s Muslims live in North, West and East Africa, with over 90% of the population in Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Egypt, Djibouti, Gambia, Senegal, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, Somalia, and Tunisia following the Islamic faith.
Over 70% of the Nigerian population is Muslim, and in Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa, Muslims account for 50%, 33% and 3% of the population, respectively.
Eid al-Fitr is considered as a reward for Muslims who have completed the fasting and spiritual growth period of Ramadan, which is one of the five pillars of Islam. During Ramadan, believers refrain from eating, drinking, and sexual relations from dawn to sunset, and perform additional prayers, especially at night to be conscious and grow closer to God, as well as foster feelings of empathy (for the poor who don’t have food to eat) and goodwill. Ramadan usually lasts for 29 or 30 days, and it ends with the recital of the Takbeer, which is a prayer of praise to God.
EID AL-ADHA is an Islamic holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide. When is Eid Al Adha? How and when is Eid celebrated?
Eid al-Adha 2018 will begin in the evening of August 21 and end in the evening of August 25.
The event takes place on different dates every year, as it follows the Islamic lunar calendar and not the international Gregorian calendar.
The dates changes every year, drifting approximately 11 days earlier each year.
Last year, the start of the festival began on September 1 and next year it will most likely fall on August 10.
However, the date also depends on the sighting of the Crescent Moon.
The visibility depends on the weather conditions, so the exact date can never be predicted with certainty.
The Supreme Court of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia first announced the exact date of Eid Al Adha as August 21 after the Zul Hijjah moon was sighted on Saturday evening.
Bakra Eid, another word for Eid al-Adha or Eid ul Adha, is a public holiday in Muslim countries.
How and when is Eid celebrated?
Eid al-Adha isl known as the festival of sacrifice and the special occasion includes prayers, greetings and gifts of various kinds.
The holiday celebrates the occasion when Allah came to Ibrahim in a dream, and asked him to sacrifice his son Isma’il as an act of obedience to God.
Ibrahim was tempted by the devil, saying he should spare his son.
But as he was about to sacrifice Isma’il, Allah stopped him and gave him a lamb instead – praising him for his obedience.
Today, those who can afford it sacrifice a sheep or a goat to celebrate Eid Al Adha as a reminder of the story.
Eid al-Adha usually starts with prayers at the Mosque, thanking Allah for the blessings they have received.
Here, they also exchange the greeting “Eid Mubarak” which means “blessed Eid”.
It is also mandatory for people with money to give an amount to charity, so less fortunate people can afford to celebrate as well.
Bakra Eid also marks the end Hajj, a pilgrimage that takes Muslims to the Grand Mosque in Mecca.
Approximately two million Muslims makes the five-day religion journey every year.
The event expects Muslims to pray, dress in their best clothes and give gifts to others, but it is first and foremost a special occasion to celebrate with friends and family.