On Sunday, August 11th, 2019, Muslims around the world will be celebrating Eid Al-Adha. Eid Al-Adha marks the end of the pilgrimage (Hajj) to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. This is a joyous time for family, fun and celebration.

The celebration begins with a communal prayer in the morning. Then, people visit family and friends, exchange gifts, and partake in feasts. It has similar significance of Christmas for Christians. Traditionally, there is also a sacrifice of an animal, usually a sheep or a cow, by those who can afford to do so. The meat is then divided up and ⅓ is given to the poor and needy, as a reminder that we are always to consider those among us who are in need.

Eid al-Adha honors the story of when Prophet Ibrahim, known as Abraham in the biblical texts, was told by God in a dream to sacrifice his son as a sign of his obedience. Just as Prophet Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son, God intervened and switched his son with a sheep. Thus, Prophet Ibrahim sacrificed the sheep instead. Muslim families around the world sacrifice an animal just as Prophet Ibrahim did to commemorate his’s obedience to his Creator. 

Eid is about spending time with your loved ones, helping those in need, and remembering the mercy of God.

Muslims and non Muslims alike are welcome to wish those celebrating a Happy Eid by saying, “Eid Mubarak!” (Pronounced, eed -as in seed- Mu-bear-ack)

Eid Mubarak to all who celebrate! Have a joyous and loving festivity!