As we enjoy an interim with the festival of Eid Al Adha, glittercut.com sheds light on its significance and reasoning.
To begin with, we would like to restate the fact that Eid Al Adha is a preeminent festival than the Eid Al Fitr (Ramadan Eid) for Muslims all over.
Eid Al Adha (Bakra Eid) is more auspicious and celebrated as it is also the time of Hajj. Hajj is a pilgrimage comprising of visiting the house of Allah SWT in the city of Makkah and performing various customary rituals.
In the 5 – 6 day Hajj, the last day is devoted to the very famous Sacrament of slaughtering an animal.
This act has been opposed quite a lot without understanding its true essence.
A quick overview on the same is as follows:
- It is an enactment of the sacrifice made by the Prophet Ibrahim (AS) as an offering to the Lord.
- The slaughter has the following criteria to fulfil:
- One year in age for sheep and goats
- Two years in age for cows and buffalo
- Five years in age for camels
Qurbani animals for sacrifice can be either male or female. (To read more, click here)
- Only if you are earning and are willing to offer a sacrifice in the love of your Lord, then you may. It is not a compulsory act.
- Every sacrificed animal is to be divided into three equal parts. One portion is for distribution within immediate relatives, the second portion is for the poor and the needy. And, the third portion is for ourselves.
The above allotment has a beautiful reason behind it.
Often in our immediate family, people are suffering from various financial and monetary crunches. And due to self-respect and other reasons, they suffer in silence. So, sharing the meat with them keeps their self-respect intact while strengthening the family bond while the suffering family gets a happy meal with a joyous festive.
Poverty has become an inevitable part of the economy. Hence, to help the destitute, one portion is allotted for them.
As we have the third portion of ourselves, it is to instil a sense of responsibility and evenhandedness. Injecting a sense of equality and humility and not getting a sense of pride at all.
Fun Fact, It is advised to pet the sacrificial animal as long as one can. It helps the owner to get attached to the beast. It adds to its profound value, as the owner offers an animal to which he is attached. Even if not, it will not diminish the essence of the sacrifice.
The sacrifice is required to be carried out using the halal technique. This technique is famously used by Muslims globally. It is a way of slaughtering the animals contradicting the Stunning Method (which is more painful and leaves a notable amount of blood in the body).
Halal meat, widely consumed by Muslims, is the unique way they slaughter their animals. The gripping science behind the intrigue slaughter technique is fascinating. Halal slaughter involves one pass of the sharp blade across the throat of the animal, severing the carotid arteries, jugular vein and trachea. Letting the animal lose consciousness swiftly while the heart pumps all the blood out. It is a scientifically proven method to be less painful and tenderising the meat further for consumption without any traces of blood. (To read more about halal slaughter, click here.)
Do try dining at a halal restaurant and feel the difference yourself.
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