LAHORE: Eid-ul-Azha is a religious festival which gives a great lesson to the Muslims all over the world. One is expected to sacrifice his will before Allah. On this auspicious occasion, Muslims slaughter animals in the name of Allah in remembrance of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS), who was ready to sacrifice his son Hazrat Ismail (AS) in line with Allah’s command. The purpose of these sacrifices is to follow the Almighty’s command. Eid is celebrated in the month of Zil Hajj and the pilgrims in Makkah perform sacrifices on the 10th. At the start of Eid, Muslims perform a congregational prayer followed by a speech. After this, they all greet and congratulate one another.
Animals are scarified during all three days. Butchers become more important than ever, so much so that seasonal butchers have started emerging. Meat is distributed among the poor and needy, as well as to relatives. On Eid, men, women and children wear new clothes. Many meals are cooked at home and with many guests over, people eat together. Eid-ul-Azha leaves us with the message that we should always be willing to sacrifice for Allah. The animal sacrifice can be thought of as a metaphor for this.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 14th, 2019.