Why Do We Celebrate Eid ul-Adha 2020?
Qurbani Eid is celebrated not only to mark the conclusion of Hajj but also to honour the dedication that Prophet Ibrahim (AS) showed to Allah (SWT).
It is narrated that Allah (SWT) appeared to Prophet Ibrahim (AS) in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his beloved son, Ismail (AS). Prophet Ibrahim (AS) agreed to follow his Creator’s wishes and took his son up to Mount Arafat, where he bound his hands and feet and blindfolded his own eyes on Ismail’s (AS) request. Upon completing the task, Prophet Ibrahim (AS) removed his blindfold to see the body of a dead ram lying in the place of Ismail, who was standing unharmed next to his father.
Allah (SWT) had generously spared Ismail’s (AS) life in gratitude for Prophet Ibrahim’s complete and utter devotion and dedication to Him.
“Their meat will not reach Allah, nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you. Thus have We subjected them to you that you may glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you, and give good tidings to the doers of good.”
(Surah Al-Haj 22:37)
Today, Muslims both celebrate and remember this devout act on Eid ul-Adha. In the UK and across the world, we recognise the ultimate sacrifice that Prophet Ibrahim (AS) was prepared to make by performing Qurbani and offering up our own sacrifice in the name of Our Creator.