Eid al Adha – Festival of Sacrifice – 2011

Sacrifice is a universal religious act, one closely associated with the mythologies of particular traditions. Sacrifices are often offered to divinities in the name of society by priestly castes. The motivation for sacrifice is to perpetuate, intensify, or reestablish a connection between the human and the divine. Since historical time, it is often intended to gain the favour of the god or to placate divine wrath.

The offerings themselves may be symbolic or literal, vegetable or animal. Scapegoats of various kinds may be used to substitute for living offerings that a given group is unable or unwilling to give up.

Today, November 7, 2011, the whole world is observing the festival of Eid al Adha.

Eid al-Adha, “feast of sacrifice” or “Festival of Sacrifice” or “Greater Eid” is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Isma’il) as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a sheep to sacrifice instead.

Eid al-Adha is celebrated annually on the 10th day of the 12th and the last Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah of the lunar Islamic calendar.

Eid al-Adha celebrations start after the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia by Muslims worldwide, descend from Mount Arafat. The date is approximately 70 days (2 Months & 10 days) after the end of the month of Ramadan, i.e. Eid-ul-Fitr.

Ritual observance of the holiday lasts until sunset of the 13th day of Dhu al-Hijjah.

One can send Eid sms on mobiles for the best wishes – Best wishes for Eid ul Adha – Allah always be with you.

Wishing all the best to everyone.

Dr. Anil Singhal

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Dr. Anil Singhal MD (Homeo)