Eid-Ul-Azha is the greatest festival of muslim celebrated all over the world. It is celebrated annually and falls on the 10th day of Dhul Haj of the lunar Islamic calendar. It is since ages that the Sunnat of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) is being carried on and kept alive by Almighty God Allah Rabbul Izzat. Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) had a dream from Almighty God to sacrifice His beloved son Ismail (A.S) in the name of Allah.

The festive activities of Eid last for consecutive three days. Eid-Ul-Azha occurs the day after the pilgrims conducting Haj, the annual pilgrimage at Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Muslims from world wide irrespective of caste, creed, color, creed, tribe, nation or place gather in Mecca wearing same clothes and lined in one queue to seek blessings and mercy of Almighty God Allah. Even a king or a Prince of its time would stand next to a poor peasant or slave. There is no difference in any of kind, all wear same clothes and do same activities at one glance. The Arabic word for sacrifice is Qurban and in Kurdish it is said Cejna Qurbane and in Pashto it is Kurbaneyg Akhtar in Chinese it is Guebang Jie in Malay and Indonesian it is Hari Raya Korban in Turkish it is Kurban Bayrami. In India in Hindi and urdu speaking areas say Baqra Eid. Baqr is Arabic word which means goat or a cow. Every person who is well versed in terms of money or who has a very sound position in terms of wealth is entitle to do sacrifice of animal rather we can say it is mandatory for a rich people, and also those people who can afford to do so can do it.

Domestic animals such as goats, sheep, cow, ox, camels are used for sacrifice. The animal chosen for sacrifice must be of best of best quality in terms of look, health and appearance. Any defects in his physical or mental department are unacceptable for sacrifice. Similarly the animal should also meet the age factor. In small animals we have just one share and in big animal we have seven shares, which can be owned by either one person or seven different person. The meat is to be divided into three parts one for poor and needy people, another for relatives and last share for our selves. Men, women and children are dressed in the finest clothing to perform the Solat of Eid-Ul-Azha either in an open ground known as Eidgah or even at mosque. The festival teaches us to sacrifice our beloved things in the name of Allah Rabbul Izzat.

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