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Why do muslims sacrifice an animal on Eid al-Adha

India TV Webteam [ Updated 16 Oct 2013, 06:58:59 ]
Why do muslims sacrifice an animal on Eid al-Adha
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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.




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