ul Adha in 2010 falls on 16 November
al-Adha 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 ram to sacrifice instead. The
meat is divided into three parts to
be distributed to others. The family
retains one third of the share,
another third is given to relatives,
friends and neighbors, and the other
third is given to the poor & needy.
al-Adha is the latter of two Eid
festivals celebrated by Muslims,
whose basis comes from Sura 2 (Al-Baqara)
Ayah 196 in the Qur'an. Like Eid
ul-Fitr, Eid al-Adha begins with a
Wajib prayer of two Raka'ah (units)
followed by a sermon.
word "Eid" appears in Sura al-Mai'da
("The Table Spread," Chapter 5) of
the Qur'an, meaning 'solemn
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.