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Why do muslims sacrifice an animal on Eid al-Adha

India TV Webteam [ Updated 06 Oct 2014, 13:11:59 ]
Why do muslims sacrifice an animal on Eid al-Adha

New Delhi, Oct 24: Eid al-Adha, also known as the 'Festival of Sacrifice', commemorates Abraham's (Ibrahim's) willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Isma'il) to God, before the God intervenes and gives him a ram to sacrifice.

Eid al-Adha celebrations start after the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia by Muslims worldwide, descend from Mount Arafat.  

The date is approximately 70 days (2 Months & 10 days) after the end of the month of Ramadan, i.e. Eid-ul-Fitr. Ritual observance of the holiday lasts until sunset of the 12th day of Dhu al-Hijjah.

In the India, the festival is known as Bakr-Id because of the tradition of sacrificing the goats.

Muslims celebrate by slaughtering an animal such as a sheep, camel or goat as it is believed that Allah has given us power over animals and allowed us to eat meat, but only if we pronounce His name at the solemn act of taking life.

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