Eid al-Adha is an Islamic holiday celebrated in commemoration of Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his only son as a show of his obedience to God. The ceremony, which is also known as the Festival of Sacrifice or Feast of the Sacrifice, is celebrated by all Islam believers across the world.
Just like all the other Islamic ceremonies, Eid al-Adha is celebrated with so much zeal in Ghana. Muslim men, women, and children dress in the best religious clothing and perform Eid prayers at mosques or outdoors. A short sermon always follows the prayers.
The meaning of Eid al-Adha
The ceremony is an important occasion in Muslim believers' lives as it carries a deep meaning with it. It marks the date when Ibrahim received a command from Allah asking him to offer his only son Ishmael as a sacrifice to Allah to show his commitment.
Ibrahim heeded to the command and went on the mountain to offer his son as the sacrifice. When he was about to sacrifice him, Allah offered Ibrahim a lamb to slaughter instead of Ishmael. The ordeal is similar to the one found in the Jewish and Christian holy books where the Lord asked Abraham to offer his only son Isaac as a sacrifice on the mountain. After seeing his devotion to him, God provided a sacrificial lamb instead.
Eid ul-Adha 2020 date in Ghana
Eid ul-Adha Ghana 2020 will begin on the evening of Thursday, 30th July, and end on Friday, 31st July.
However, these dates vary from one region to another since they are based on the crescent moon's official sighting. The moon is used to determine when the month will begin or end. As a result, it causes a difference in the dates and a backward drift of 11 days from the western calendar based on the sun.
It is impossible to accurately predict the exact Eid ul-Adha Ghana date because the moon's visibility is dependent on the conditions of the weather.
Importance of Eid ul-Adha
The festival reminds Muslims of obedience. This is manifested in Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his only son. During the festival, Muslims ask for forgiveness for all the times they have failed to be entirely devoted to Allah and pray for the strength to gain full devotion.
Eid ul-Adha also allows Muslims to visit their friends, family members, and the less fortunate in society.
Some of the important greetings and phrases during this period are:
- Eid Mubarak - Have a blessed Eid.
- Eid Saeed - Happy Eid.
- Kul' am wa enta bi-Khair - May each year find you in good health.
- As-Salaam u Alaikum - May peace be unto you.
- Taqabbala Allahu Minna wa minkum - May Allah accept from you and us.
Eid ul-Adha wishes
- Have a blessed Eid to you and your family and may Allah open the doors of joy and prosperity during this festival.
- You are one of the reasons I live in such a colorful life. I wish that we could make every Eid ul-Adha colorful for one another.
- On this blessed and holy ceremony, I want to wish you a day that is full of laughter and happy moments. Happy Eid to you and your family.
- Eid is a day of cheer and laughter. It is a moment that Allah will fill you will all the heavenly blessing from above. I wish you all the best.
- May this festival bring you joy, love, kindness, and good tidings, and may Allah accept all your prayers and give you his great rewards.
- I want to wish you a happy Eid ul-Adha to you and all your loved ones. May you receive all the opportunities for success in your life.
- May the kindness and blessings of Allah be with you. Happy Eid ul-Adha from my family to yours.
- Anyone who desires to meet with the Lord should do good deeds and not associate themselves with anyone during worship.
- May the holy Eid ul-Adha give you all the time that you need to rejoice and make merry because of Allah's splendor in your life.
- May the blessing of Allah surround you and follow you wherever you go. I wish you a happy Eid ul-Adha.
- Let your doors remain open for the wave of the blessings of Allah is coming your way. All the best to you and your family.
- May the sparkling light of the crescent moon be your guide towards an enlightened future and a spiritual life! Happy hold day.
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Why do we celebrate Eid ul-Adha?
Eid ul-Adha is a festival celebrated in remembrance of prophet Ibrahim on his trial, forbearance, patience, and unwavering faith in Allah when he was asked to offer his only son Ishmael as a sacrifice.
What happens on Eid ul-Adha?
During the festival, the Muslim men, women, and children dress in their best religious attires to perform various celebratory rituals. The rituals are as follows:
Muslims spend a few hours in prayers and listening to sermons at the mosque. They also buy and wear new clothes, offer gifts to younger children, and visit their friends and other family members.
Mecca and Hajj formalities
If the Islam devotees are physically and financially fit, they are expected to perform Hajj at least once in their lifetime. They travel to Mecca and other surrounding regions in Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj.
During the celebrations, Muslims are expected to donate clothes and money to the less fortunate. They should also make sure that the poor enjoy a meat-based meal as it is believed to bring about good fortunes.
Some households can also decide to come together and buy a goat or sheep and offer it as a sacrifice to Allah. This process is referred to as Gurbani, and the sacrificial animal is known as Udhiya.
How do you know when Eid ul-Adha?
To know when there is an Eid ul-Adha festival, Muslims follow the Islamic calendar, which is based on the lunar calendar with 365 days. The festival falls on different dates every year.
Eid ul-Adha is the holiest ceremony to Muslims, and every believer across the world eagerly await it. There are many activities to undertake, starting from attending prayers and sermons, offering food and clothing to the needy, among many others. To all Muslims in Ghana and around the world, have a happy Eid al-Adha.
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