Eid al-Adha 2018: Everything you need to know about Bakrid

A nurse attending to a sick pilgrim

A nurse attending to a sick pilgrim

Since that day, Muslims, all over the world, have been celebrating Eid-Al-Adha by sacrificing goats. The Prophet and his wife traveled to Mecca, where they planned to perform the deed.

Eid Al Adha is observed by the Muslims as "days of remembrance" of the willingness to submit to Allah's commands - Prophet Ibrahim was willing to sacrifice his son as per the orders of his Lord. Muslims worldwide celebrate Bakrid by sacrificing a male goat as a symbol of the sacrifice made by Ibrahim.

Festival dates are determined by the sighting of the moon and the lunar calendar. According to a release issued by the Saudi Ministry of Civil Service, the holiday will begin on Thursday, August 16, the fifth day of Zul Hijjah.

"On this occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, I urge all Nigerians to rise above personal, group, sectarian and other interests, and to promote harmony and tolerance in dealing with one another at all times.‏".

If you're thinking, hang on, hasn't there already been an Eid celebration this year, you are correct.

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What is the difference between Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha?

The final days of hajj coincide with the Eid al-Adha holiday, or "Feast of Sacrifice", to commemorate Ibrahim's test of faith.

What celebrations happen on Eid al-Adha?

On Monday, worshipers performed day-long prayers and recitals of the Holy Qur'an on a rocky hill known as Mount Arafat, east of Mecca, where Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) delivered his last Hajj sermon. The day before, Muslims are encouraged to fast.

Muslims traditionally mark Eid al-Adha with the sacrifice of sheep and cattle. You are invited to attend the morning prayer and the celebrations immediately following. Eid Mubarak to all!

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