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Festivals - Bakri Eid
 

Bakri Eid is a occasion celebrated by the Muslims across the world. It is a Muslim festival of giving and sacrifices. On this day people thank the Creator for their good fortune and do special services to the less fortunate people in a respect of sharing their fortune. Popularly on this day animal are slaughtered and their meat is distributed among the needy and deprived as an sacrificial offering.

Historical Background

Bakra Eid Festival

An interesting story relates the origin and the underlying belief of the festival. It is said that Allah, the Almighty God ordered Hazrat Ibrahim to sacrifice his only son Ismail. Hazrat Mohammad unable to see the death of his child in front of his eyes covered his eyes with a black cloth and drew the blade over. When he opened the blindfold in front of him layed a dead body of a lamb and his son remained unharmed. It was then that Ibrahim understood that God was checking his devotion towards Him. Whether he could give up his dearest thing to Him.

Thus the inner meaning of the festival is that God does not demand flesh and blood but demands complete surrender and devotion towards Him. The animal sacrifice is made on this day to commemorate the noble deed of Hazrat and mainly for providing Food for the poor and less fortunate ones. That is what the underlying meaning of the festival is only the spirit of sacrifice. The day also coincide with the final completion of the Holy Quran.

Rituals

Bakra Eid is celebrated in the muslim month of Dhul Hijjah. Every year pilgrims go to mount Mina and make sacrifices especially of a lamb to commemorate the noble deed of Hazrat. The festival is celebrated by muslims throughout the world in a very similar way. It is expected from every true muslim to sacrifice at least one four legged animal as goat, sheep etc and specially from those who possesses at least 400gms of Gold or is capable of having meal at least two time a day. The sacrifice is done mainly before the afternoon of the third day and the meat is distributed among the poor. Festivities are marked by people wearing new colorful dresses and greeting friends , family and relatives.

SACRIFICING ANIMALS

It is not their flesh, nor their blood, that reaches Allah; it is your righteousness {piety and spiritual volition} that reaches Him….Their flesh will never reach Allah, nor yet their blood, but your devotion will reach Him (Quran 22:37).

The main purpose of allowing Muslims to continue with animal sacrifices is to turn this tradition into an institution of charity. All the verses of the Quran which deal with the subject wind up with the proviso that the meat be fed to the poor, the needy, those who are too modest to beg as well as the mendicants - those who beg openly (The Quran, 2:196; 22:28; 35-37).

In some cases, the offerers of the sacrifice are allowed to consume a portion of the meat themselves, while in others the whole of the carcass is to be given in charity. Sacrifice is meant to be an act of worship and thanksgiving to solicit the approbation of God neither in the sense of atonement nor in the sense of transposing one's sins onto a scapegoat; but it is meant to be an act of benevolence (Ihsan) to fulfill a social obligation. After reading the Quranic version of sacrifice, there remains no doubt in one's mind that any sacrifice that is allowed to go to waste is a sinful as well as a criminal violation of the Islamic law (shariah). Verses 22:36 and 37 make this proviso abundantly clear."

The Quranic injunctions are so exacting on the point of not taking the life of an animal without a justifiable cause (Be-ghair-e-haqqin) that wasting meat, even by offering it to deities and gods is called a devilish act.

This Year Bakri Eid celebrated on 16th Nov (Tuesday)

 

 

 

 

 
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