About Eid al-Adha 2016 and its date and time:

About Eid al-Adha 2016::

This article is about Eid al-Adha. All the celebrations are described in detail here. Why Muslims celebrate this eid ? When the Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha ? And lastly, what are the celebrations of Eid al-Adha? All these are explained below in detail.

Eid al-Adha 2016 date and time or when eid 2016

Eid al-Adha 2016 begins in the evening of Saturday, September 10 and ends in the evening of Sunday, September 11 Dates may vary.

Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, one of the two most significant carnivals in the Muslim calendar – in the month of September this year.

This holiday, also known as “Feast of the Sacrifice” or the “Greater Eid”, is different from Eid-al-Fitr, which was celebrated last month.

Why Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha?

Eid al-Adha memorializes the enthusiasm of Ibrahim (R.A) to sacrifice his son Ishmael (R.A) as an act of obedience to Allah Almighty and Allah's sympathy in putting a lamb in place of Ishmael (R.A) at the last instant. "Muslims believe that the very moment Ibrahim raised the knife, God told him to stop, that he had passed the test, and to replace Ishmael with a sacrificial ram," describes Al Arabiya. Eid also marks the end of Hajj, the annual journey to Saudi Arabia.

The Hajj

The Hajj is the journey to Mecca, Islam's holiest place, and is an essential part of the Muslims’ belief. According to the Quran, all the Muslims who can meet the expense of, should make the ride to Saudi Arabia at least once in their life. Each year, minimum two million Muslims will make the journey and stand before the Kaaba, a memorial built by Ibrahim (R.A) and pray to Allah. The prophet Muhammad ﷺ said that a person who does Hajj appropriately "will return as a newly born baby [free from all sins]".

How is Eid al-Adha celebrated?

In all the Muslim countries, Eid al-Adha is an open holiday that includes sacrifice of animals, prayers and family meetings. The day initiates with the morning prayers, trailed by visits to family and friends and the give-and-take of food and gifts. Muslims are grateful to share food and money with the poor, so that they can also take part in these celebrations.

Believers will slaughter an animal, normally a goat or a sheep, during the Greater Eid celebrations as a sign of Ibrahim's sacrifice to Allah. The animals have to meet some of the standards to be eligible for the sacrifice, according to Arab News reports. They cannot be ill, blind, perceptibly lame, thin and minimum age limitations also apply.

What else do Muslims do to celebrate this Eid?

On the first morning of Greater Eid, Muslims all over the world join the morning prayers at their local mosques. Prayers are also followed by visits with friends and family, and the interchange of greetings and gifts. At some place, members of the family will either visit a regional farm or else will make preparations for the slaughter of an animal. The meat is distributed throughout the days of the holiday or shortly later.

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