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Significance of Animal Sacrifice on Eid-al-Adha or Baqreid

Millions of Muslims across the world have begun celebrating the three-day Eid-al-Adha, Baqreid, or Id-ul-Zuha. One of the most important festivals in Islam, Eid-al-Adha takes place after the end of Haj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, and commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to give up his beloved son on Allah’s command.

Since the time of Prophet Mohammad, Muslims have sacrificed animals (qurbaani) on the day to honour Ibrahim’s spirit of sacrifice.

Eid-al-Adha is, however, not about shedding blood to please God. It’s about giving up something you hold dear in devotion to God. It’s also mandatory to share the meat of the sacrificed animal, in three equal parts –for yourself, for family and friends, and for the poor.

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