A very happy Eid al-Adha to you all!
Eid al-Adha is a wonderful time in the Islamic calendar – one of the most important observations for all Muslims where we celebrate with our family and friends.
Muslim scholars have confirmed that Eid al-Adha will start on 1 September and will end four days later, on 5 September.
That’s five days of fun with those closest to us – and our wider communities!
If you don’t know why we celebrate Eid al-Adha, here’s a quick history lesson: It marks the date when Ibrahim was commanded by Allah to sacrifice his son, Ismael, to show his devotion. Ibrahim was about to go ahead with the sacrifice when he was given a lamb to slaughter instead. The celebrations symbolise Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah and they mark the end of the Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca which thousands of Muslims all over the world embark on.
‘Eid al-Adha’ translates as the “festival of the sacrifice” and is also known as the Greater Eid. It is a holy time of sacrifice and generosity to friends, family and the needy.
And the good news is that Birmingham is at the centre of the UK’s celebrations.
In our city, thousands of Muslims are expected to attend the ‘Celebrate Eid’ event in Green Lane Mosque. It’s a great time to meet lots of new people and feel as one with our Muslim community in Birmingham! The Mosque will hold (salah) prayers at 8.30am, 9:30am and 10:30am.
So what’s meant to happen on the day?
The sunnahs (teachings/rules) that Muslims observe on Eid al-Adha:
1. Doing ablution ghusl before going to prayer
2. Eating after prayer (only if you want – this is specifically for Eid al-Adha, at Eid al-Fitr it is traditional to eat dates before)
3. Saying Takbeer (a short prayer which is recited when leaving the house and when reaching the Mosque to get you focused)
4. Offering congratulations
5. Adorning oneself
6. Going to prayer by one route and returning by another
Remember, this is a time of celebration so get together with your family and friends and your community to have fun together!
Of course, Birmingham is a multicultural and multi-faith city, so it’s also a great time for reaching out to the wider community to enjoy the festival and strengthen our links with everyone else!
So what’s Aysha, the founder of Odara, doing to celebrate Eid al-Adha?
“I like to celebrate by putting on my best clothes and eating halwa puri for breakfast with my family,” she says. “We all then go to the Mosque for prayer or pray at Small Heath Park. After lunch, I go to eat at my mum’s where we all exchange presents and give Eid money to local children. We then go to see family and friends for the rest of the evening to eat more and perhaps go out after for a meal or dessert.
“I wish you all a happy Eid al-Adha!”