9 Secrets of Bakrid no one knows!
This year the feast of Bakrid is on October 16th i.e. Wednesday. The festival of Bakrid is considered very sacred in Islam.
Bakrid, to be rightly called Id-ul-Azha, is one of the most important Muslim festivals. This festival is observed and celebrated as a Festival of Sacrifice by Muslims all over the world.
It is celebrated with great enthusiasm and vigor among Muslims. Men and women dress up in new clothes and go to mosques. They offer special prayers or 'Dua' for the peace and prosperity of all Muslims. After the prayer, sacrifice is done.
Muslims greet one another 'Eid Mubarak' and share their warmth. They visit relatives and friends and exchange gifts. Special delicacies and dishes are prepared and served amongst family and friends.
While most people are aware about these rituals, there are certain things about this festival no one knows. Click on this slide show to know some unknown secrets of Bakrid…
The history of Eid-al-Adha/ Bakrid dates back to the times of Ibrahim. On the day of Bakrid, Muslims observe animal sacrifice to commemorate the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be upon him). Ibrahim dreamt of being commanded by God to sacrifice the person dearest to him to check his obedience.
Ibrahim decided to sacrifice his only son Ismail who was just 13 years old at that time. When Ibrahim revealed to him about God's command, he was surprised to see the boy not defying the fact of being sacrificed.
When Ibrahim was about to sacrifice the boy, Allah voiced stating that he need not carry out His order, as he had passed the test of devotion. He was further instructed to sacrifice a lamb instead of his only son. Ibrahim, by the Grace of Allah was blessed with another son, Is-haaq (Isaac).
The history of Hajj pilgrimage revolves around the surrender of Ibrahim and his family to Allah. Bakrid is a celebration of ardent faith of the believers in Allah and His word Quran. It is recommended that the sacrifice is made in the name of Allah. The offering that is sacrificed is divided into three portions: One being set apart for personal consumption, another part to be distributed amongst friends and relatives and the third part to be given to the poor and needy.
In Islam, Eid is celebrated twice a year. One Eid is known as Meethi (sweet) Eid and the other as Bakrid.
The Meethi Eid aims to spread love and sweetness among people in the world.
Bakrid on the other hand reminds people of their duty and that they should be responsible for it. On Bakrid, Muslims are taught to sacrifice their dearest thing or themselves for the benefit of their nation and society. Sacrificing a goat is symbolic that spreads a message that whenever the nation or society will demand, we will be ready to sacrifice our interests.
Sacrificing means protecting others
An individual who lives in a family, who is a part of a society, who lives in a city and is a resident of a country; it is his/her duty to take care of his/her family, society, city and country. For this, even if one has to sacrifice himself, it should be done without any turning back.
There are three parts of sacrifice
Islam has a tradition of taking special care of the poor and down-and-out’s. Hence, on Eid - ul – Adha, special care of poor is taken. This day sacrifice is divided into 3 parts. Out of these 3 parts, the first part is for oneself and the remaining two is for the poor and society.