Eid mubarak everybody! Eid al-Adha, what some people like to call the Hajj Eid, is upon us, and to mark the celebrations we’re going to take a look at all (possibly not all) of the things we – meaning you – go through during the event.
If you’re currently thinking, ‘Hey. Didn’t you guys to a post just like this for Eid al-Fitr?’ you would be correct. But that’s no bad thing, because exciting/awkward family interactions, dressing extra fresh and feeling super blessed are subjects we never really get tired of writing about.
So get those eyes focused firmly on your screen: these are all of the things you go through during Eid al-Adha.
Being Told the Story of Abraham
Eid al-Adha is sometimes known as the sacrifice feast, because it honours the willingness of the Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his own son to demonstrate his obedience in God. As you know, just before Abraham struck the fatal blow, God sent the angel Jibra’il to intervene by putting a sheep in the place of the son.
It’s an incredible story of faith being rewarded, one that will definitely be told to you on the day by the Imam. Of course, the sacrificial sheep we just mentioned leads neatly on to our next surefire Eid experience.
Meat. Loads of Meat
Traditionally, Muslim families will sacrifice an animal in commemoration of the story of Abraham. They’ll keep one third for themselves, give another to their neighbours, and the rest to the poor and needy. If you’re celebrating Eid in the UK in 2017, you’ll probably cop a load of meat from your local halal butcher before commencing a blood-pressure raising meat feast. Man, just thinking about it is kind of making us need a nap.
The charitable aspect still remains, but it probably occurs in different ways. For instance, you might donate to one of those charities that buys a needy family a goat.
Unpredictable Exchanges with Family
Just like the first Eid of the year, you’re probably going to have to endure those probing questions that only aunties think to ask in a large social gathering, such as, ‘London School of what? Why didn’t you get into Oxford?’ or ‘When are you getting married? You’re 19.’
These can even more of a struggle during Eid al-Adha as many of your faculties, including vision and balance, may be obstructed by the presence of 3 kgs of beef in your stomach. Just remember, these relatives mean well, and it’s honestly a blessing to have so many people who care about you.
The Freshest Outfits
It’s Eid. We know you’re looking fresh. We mean, you are right? If everyone reading this who answered ‘yes’ to that question was gathered into a field, it would contain a glow-up of such magnitude that it would be visible from space.
While meat-heavy meals are great, they represent something more important. Eid al-Adha is a time to move closer to our faith, spend time with family, and think about those who are less fortunate.
While it can feel like a slight letdown to not get the cash gifts we receive during Eid al-Fitr – hey, we’re only human – the opportunity to eat with our loved ones, help others and remember God means we all still feel incredibly blessed.