1- Introduction and Meaning:

Eid ul Adha 2016 – Eid ul Adha popularly known as the Bari Eid, Bakra Eid and Sacrifice Feast is a holiday that was granted to the Muslims as a gift from their God ALLAH Almighty, for the sacrifices made by the Prophet Ibrahim (A. S). The word Eid is mentioned in the holy book of the Muslims, the Holy Quran in Surah Al Maida which basically means “solemn festival”.

Eid-ul-Adha-Introduction

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According to the Islamic Calendar (the Lunar Calendar) Eid ul Adha falls on the tenth of Zilhaj that is soon after the day of Hajj. However, the Eid ul Adha date when measured in terms of the Solar Calendar, is never accurate or the exact same as it would have been in the previous year date, due to the difference in number of days of a month, existing in both the calendars.

Just Like Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid ul Adha’s day is also commenced by the Sunnah prayer of two Raka’at later followed by a khutbah (Sermon). The days of Eid are one of the most remembered and important days of the Islamic Calendar.  Eid al-Azha carousing begin after the fall of the Hujjaj, the pilgrims performing the Hajj, Mount Arafat , a hill east of Mecca. Eid sacrifice may take place until dusk on the Thirteenth day of Zilhaj.

Another Arabic word in reference to Eid ul Adha is ‘Qurbani’, which means giving up or compromising something that is held dear and close to your heart for the sake of Allah. One more word used in replacement of the word Eid Ul Azha is Eid Al Kabir, and the word Kabir here means Great, signifying The Greater Eid. However, the Hindi and Urdu Speakers use the word Bakr Eid. The word Bakr refers to the animals (Goats, cows, sheep, camels) which are commanded to be slaughtered and sacrificed for Eid.

2 -History:

Eid ul Adha 2016 – The foundation of Eid ul Azha is based on the loyalty and sacrifice of Allah’s Prophet Ibrahim (A.S). The Historical scenario of Eid ul Azha dates back to more than ten thousand years ago. It all started with a dream that Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) witnessed where he was commanded by Allah to raise the foundations of the Kaaba, A black stone, which is considered the home of Allah. Kaaba is situated in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Upon waking up Prophet Ibrahim decided instantly to set off for Mecca along with his wife, Bibi Hajra and their son Hazrat Ismail who was just a toddler. The path towards Mecca took a lot of hardships and sweat to reach since that place was just a dessert with no water within reach. However, without uttering a single word of complaint, the prophet Ibrahim followed what he had been told to do in his dream, considering that dream a message of Allah. That dream not only stopped there but following the command to raise Kaaba, prophet also saw himself sacrificing his son, Prophet Ismail (A.S) for the sake of Allah.

When he told this to Prophet Ismail, the toddler without wasting another moment asked his father to carry out Allah’s commands without hesitation and guaranteed that he was completely ready to give up his life for Allah. But incredibly enough, when Prophet Ibrahim was about to give up his son Prophet Ismail’s life, Allah spared the toddler’s life and replaced him with a lamb which was what Prophet Ibrahim eventually sacrificed. In remembrance of this generous act of the prophet, we celebrate Eid ul Adha and slaughter the sacrificial animals (cows, sheep, camel, goat etc.) as commanded by Allah, and distribute that meat to family, friends, neighbors, and to the needy people.

3 –Eid ul Adha 2016:

Eid ul Adha 2016 – The expected dates of Eid ul Adha in Pakistan have been announced. Monday September 12’2016 will be a public holiday till September 14th 2016 Wednesday. Just like every year Eid ul Adha’s preparations have begun. Bakra Mandis have been set up in every area. Every Bakra Mandi contains various cow sheep goat camels and all kinds of sacrificial animals ready to be sold to the public. Also tents are set up in all streets as a place for the animals where they can be fed and taken care of. Bakra Mandis as seen are always filled with not just men but even women and is a source of fun for everyone before Eid. People get attached to their animals and dress them up in the best and creative way possible.

That’s just not it, there are certain shops which have been selling the animal jewelry due to its demand in the market as Bakra Eid season is near, and there is a good chance for the profitability of their businesses. The jewelries are worn around the animals’ neck as well as around their hooves.

animals jewelry for bakra eid

Here are a few snaps of the jewelry worn by the sacrificial animals which show the creativity and preparations of Bakra Eid.

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4 –Eid ul Adha 2016 Mubarak Images:

Eid ul Adha 2016 – The following snaps show the Eid ul Azha’s event enjoyed by the Muslims world wide and its preparations.

EID ul Adha 2016 Pics

Keeping the Animal brutality concern aside, this picture shows the slaughter of the holy animals which is a religious ceremony of the Muslims. Usually people prefer to get the work of animal slaughtering done soon after Fajir. The time limit for the slaughtering of Animals is till the Maghrib Azaan of the third day.

2016 Pics EID ul Adha

This picture shows a Bakra Mandi where the selling and buying of cattle animals is going on before Eid. The buyers buy the best animal that their pocket allows and also make sure to decorate their animal the best they can. Preparations also include the feeding and caring of the sacrificial animals and making sure animals stay healthy till Eid. Friends and families hanging out and enjoying the Pre-Eid preparations.

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This picture has significance in this sense that it highlights the historical reasoning of Eid ul Adha; that is sacrificing something that is dear to you for the sake of Allah. This picture shows this man’s attachment with his animal, that will be slaughtered on the day of Bakra Eid, for the love of Allah.

2016 Pics EID ul Adha Latest

This picture shows the work of butchers on the day of Eid and the distribution of meat among family, friends and poor ones in the name of Allah.

People shop at Al Ataba in downtown Cairo

Pakistan Eid al Adha

Eid preparations underway.

4 -Eid Al Adha Greeting Cards:

Eid ul Adha 2016 – A few Eid greeting cards you can share with your friends and loved ones who may live in any corner of the Earth. The beauty of Eid is the aura that is created by love and happiness that surrounds us. Following are some Eid cards you can definitely send to your well-wishers.

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Happy Eid al azha 2016

Happy Eid al adha 2016

Happy Eid al adha

Eid al adha

5 -Eid ul Azha 2016 Holidays and Date:

The Eid holidays will be given in the month of September for approximately a week. The 9th and 10th of Zilhaj on the 12th and 13rd September and the three days of Eid ul Azha are expected to start from the 12th of September till the 15th of September’16 falling on Tuesday, Wednesday and, Thursday followed by the weekend holidays i.e. Saturday and Sunday.

6 -Eid ul Azha Festival 2016 and Celebrations:

Eid ul Adha 2016 – In Muslim countries, Eid al-Adha is a public holiday that includes animal detriment, prayers and family gatherings. The day commences with morning prayers, followed by visits to family and friends and the distribution of nourishment and gifts. Muslims are indebted to stake food and money to the poor so that they can also participate in the celebrations.

Celebrants will butchery an animal, classically a sheep or a goat, during Greater Eid celebrations in remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice to Allah. The animals have to meet positive ideals in order to be suitable for sacrifice. They cannot be ill, blind, evidently lame and thin, shrunken and minimum age limitations are followed.

In Pakistan unaided, approximately more than thirteen million animals are expected to be slaughtered on Eid. In West, anyone desiring to sacrifice a sheep has to make measures for it to be slaughtered in such a way that no Animal rights’ laws are violated.

7 -Eid ul Azha Dresses for 2016:

Eid Ul Azha Dresses for 2016

Various brands like Sana Safinaz, Khaadi, J.J etc. are launching their Eid collection since this is the season when girls go out to buy as many clothe not even looking at the price tags because everyone wants the best clothes on Eid and look the best on them regardless of the price of those dresses. All boutiques get a lot of profit since they have increased sales by a large margin in the Eid season.

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The dresses are also paired up with accessories such as jewellery bangles necklaces earrings etc. to attract the targeted customers as much as possible.

8 -Eid ul Azha SMS:

Eid ul Adha 2016 – The following are the Bakar Eid messages that we all receive not just from our friends and families but also from the mobile networks and other companies. Being a Muslim it is our duty to wish each other Eid Mubarak and show our affections through it.

  1. YOU ARE FAR FROM ME AND THAT’S WHY, I USUALLY MISS YOU, BUT TODAY I MISS YOU MORE THAN USUAL, BECAUSE IT’S EID DAY, WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE TOGETHER, TO LOOK INTO YOUR EYES AND SAY YOU, “EID MUBARAK”
  1. MAY ALLAH BRING YOU LOTS OF JOY AND HAPPINESS. I WISH YOU VERY HAPPY EID-UL-FITR.
    REMEMBER ME YOUR PRAYER.
  1. EID GREETING.
    MAY THIS OCCASION OF EID WILL BRING THOUSANDS OF JOY,HAPPINESS, PROSPERITY AND CHEER IN YOUR FACE.  EID IS A SPECIAL DAY SO IT IS SPECIAL GREETING TO SPECIAL PERSON IN SPECIAL WAY EID MUBARAK TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES AS WELL AS RELATIVES AND TO ALL OF MUSLIMS IN THE WORLD. KEEP ME REMIND IN YOUR PRAYERS..
  1. MAY ALLAH BRING YOU JOY, HAPPINESS, PEACE AND PROSPERITY ON THIS BLESSED OCCASION. WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ON THIS HAPPY OCCASION OF EID! EID MUBARAK!
  1. WHEN MY ARMS CAN’T REACH PEOPLE CLOSE TO MY HEART.
    I ALWAYS HUG THEM WITH MY PRAYERS.
    MAY ALLAH’S PEACE BE WITH YOU.
  1. WHEN THE SUN HAS SET, AND DAY IS DONE, I’LL BREAK THIS CHAIN, BUT ONLY ONE.
    BY THE END OF RAMADAN, THIS WHOLE CHAIN WILL BE ALL GONE!
    IT’S TIME FOR EID AND LOTS OF FUN!!!
  1. MAY THE MAGIC OF DIS EID BRING LOTS OF HAPPINESS IN UR LIFE & MAY U CELEBRATE IT WID ALL UR CLOSE FRIENDS & MAY IT FILL UR HEART WID WONDERS. EID MUBARAK..
  1. Churi ko Ker Tu Tezz itna, Kay Her Takbeer Say Pehlay…Bakra Churi Say Khud Puchay, Bata mri Khata kaya hy.. Eid ul Azha Mubarak.
  1. To All meat lover in Pakistan: Agar Qurbani ke ghosht ka, Zaiqa change lagay tau sumjh laina Bakra Eid Mubarak.
  1. May Allah bless you with A beautiful feast of Sacrifice on this auspicious day of Eid ul-Adha. Happy Bakra Eid.
  2. Heartiest wishes on the Festival of Sacrifice. Happy Eid ul-Azha.

9 -Eid ul Azha for Kids:

Eid ul Adha 2016 – There are various activities that parents introduce to their kids in reference to Eid ul Azha, which prove to be very beneficial for the Kids as it creates awareness and the feeling of devotion towards the religious events in the hearts of the Muslim kids. The concept of Eidi is the most exciting part of Eidi for Kids. Boys are always willing to go for the morning Eid prayers with their fathers and brothers. Girls are more anxious waiting for their turns to get Mehndi on their hands and feet.

Eid Ul-Adha or Eid Ul Azha Kids

Girls always go out to buy their jewellery before Eid so that they can wear them with their new dresses and look pretty. The most awaited part of Bakr Eid is waking up early at morning and witnessing the slaughtering of the sacrificial animals which leaves all kids traumatized at first but soon as they grow up and understand things, they get used to it. The amusing part of the Eid celebrations is that kids never stop boasting their owned animals to their friends and neighbors and are proud and too loving towards their animals.

 

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