One of the most important festivals of the Islamic calendar. Muslims throughout the country today celebrated Eid-ul-Azha, their second-largest religious festival.
It commemorates the holy story in the Quran of God appearing to Ibrahim — also known as Abraham — in a dream and commanding him to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience.
Muslims believe that as Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son, God stopped his hand and gave him a sheep or ram in place of his son. A version of the story also appears in the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament and in the Torah.
To commemorate God’s test of Ibrahim, many Muslim families have an animal slaughtered — often through their local butcher and distribute the meat to family, neighbors, and the poor.
As the timing of Eid al-Adha depends on the sighting of the new moon, Muslims in different countries sometimes celebrate it on different days.
Television channels and radio stations are airing special programs on the occasions. Special diets will be served at hospitals, jails, government orphanages, centers for persons with disabilities, shelter homes, and vagrant and destitute welfare centers.