Eid al-Adha, popularly known by its other name, Bakrid, will begin in the evening of September 1, 2017. The festival of sacrifice is one of the two most important of Muslims worldwide. On this occasion, they sacrifice one animal, most probably a sheep or a goat in each house. Here are seven interesting facts that most people don’t know about Bakrid.
# Division in three parts:
Meat from the animal is divided in three parts, first reserved for the family, second for close friends and third for the poor. Prayers are offered before the sacrifice and special care for the poor is one important point in Islam. This tradition is in action from a long time and considered the best part of celebrating Eid al-Adha. The festival teaches us the need to consider each sect of the society as not all can afford a goat and sacrifice the same as per this tradition but those who can, they can share the love of celebration by sharing the meat at last.
# Meaning of Sacrifice:
It’s not all about sacrificing an animal on the occasion. As we live in a society, it is our duty of protect the people living around us. Bakrid teaches that even if you need to sacrifice yourself for the good of other people, one should never turn back and leave that situation. It teaches us the real worth of human life and importance of relationship within the society.
# Time for Hajj:
Eid al-Adha marks the period when muslims from all around the world are completing their journey to reach fifth pillar of Islam. Hajj is as important as any other ritual as Islam makes it mandatory for every muslim to do Hajj once in a lifetime. They need to travel a long way to Mecca in Saudi Arabia to get this ritual done. However, those adults who are physically disabled or financially not strong enough are not advised to go for the same.
# Good time to give:
Not everyone is well aware of this fact but the period starting with Eid al-Adha is known to be a good time for donations, whether it be food or money. Not everyone is forced to sacrifice an animal as one can give the same or even more money which he would have used to buy the animal for ritual. Helping the poor is a good deed as Islam believes in the beauty of society where everyone understands the need of another person and sacrifices without any hesitation for a good cause.
# A different route back home:
On Bakrid, one should take the regular route to a nearby mosque for prayer but according to one tradition, the reverse route should be a different one from that taken while leaving your home. This is being followed from a long time and now has became an important part of Eid al-Adha celebrations.
# Ban in several countries:
The sacrifice of an animal, generally called ‘Udhiya’, is banned in several parts of United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and United States. These parts do not count this practice legal and hence, does not allow one to slaughter an animal on the name of religion. Although, sacrificing one animal is symbolic, many people relate the same to animal cruelty. They purchase the animal and feed it with best diet to make it healthier before its sacrifice.
# Astonishing number of sacrifices:
The number of sacrifices offered on Bakrid can make one feel dizzy for a moment. Alone in Pakistan, 10 million animals are slaughtered on this one day. This number will cross many folds as there are many muslim majority countries around the world. Every animal is sacrificed by ‘halal’ method, ripping its neck slowly after reciting the holy prayer. This clears out all the blood from the veins of the animal.
It actually depends how one see the celebration of Eid al-Adha. For those who believe in it, Bakrid is a symbol of one sacrificing his prized possession or preparing for their own sacrifice whenever the society is in need while other see the same as a mass slaughter event where millions of innocent animals are killed.