Bakr Eid, the second great festival of Muslims celebrated today

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 Bakr Eid (Idul Joha), the second great festival of Muslims, is being celebrated today in mosques across the country.

There is a religious tradition of celebrating Eid al-Fitr on the 70th day of Ramadan. Muslims take a bath early in the morning and go to the nearest mosque or Idgah to pray in congregation. After praying, it is customary to exchange greetings with each other.

On this occasion, Muslims gather in mosques and Idgahs across the country including Nepali Jame Masjid, Kashmiri Masjid located on Darbarmarg. According to the Hijri calendar, 1439 years ago, this festival was started to commemorate that Ibrahim was ready to sacrifice his son Ishmael, peace be upon him, at the command of Allah.

Muslim religious guru (Maulana) Rahmat Ali says that the lineage of Ibrahim, which is the basis of the historical Bakr Eid festival, has been continued since Mohammed Salalah was born in Mecca in the year 571. Who made a significant contribution to pass down this festival and religion from generation to generation and composed the scripture called Hadith.

"The book which is now being studied and taught in Muslim religious schools (madrasahs), Salalah, who was born in Mecca, moved to Medina after the age of 53, in memory of this, even now, a big fair is held in these two places of pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia", he said.

It is considered auspicious to go to Mecca and Medina on the occasion of this festival. The Ministry of Home Affairs arranges flight tickets to go to Makkah Madinah. For this, the secretariat of the Haj Committee has been established under the Ministry of Home Affairs. Even pilgrims who cannot go to Mecca and Medina celebrate Bakr Eid at home. The main purpose of this festival is Hajj. In order to please Allah during this festival, Muslims offer Qurbani (sacrifice) to animals that are considered legitimate by religion.

According to religious beliefs, Allah's Navi (Messenger) Ibrahim Ali Salam received an order to sacrifice his son Ismail, the child he had from his wife Hajar at the age of 90. It is religiously believed that if Allah is pleased with it, it is not the sacrifice of Ishmael, but the sacrifice of the dumbas who have been raised in heaven (Jannat). For this reason, Muslims say that they have maintained the practice of sacrifice until now.

The childless Ibrahim asked Allah to bless him with children. Ibrahim's commitment was that if Allah gives me the happiness of children, I will sacrifice. Accordingly, Muslims believe that Allah said that he should sacrifice in his dream as a test.

He sacrificed many animals but Allah was not pleased. In the end, he wanted to please Allah by sacrificing his most beloved son. At this moment, after his test was proved successful, instead of a human being, the Qurban (sacrifice) of Dumba, who had been brought up to heaven, was performed.

The sacrificial meat is divided into three parts. It is a Muslim religious belief that one portion should be given to the poor and needy family, another portion should be given to one's friends, and the third portion should be eaten by oneself. Accordingly, the first day of Bakr Eid is being celebrated today.

It is said that Muslims will celebrate this festival for three days until Wednesday. Mansoor Hussain, secretary of Nepali Jame Masjid, informed that there is a tradition for Muslims to make sacrifices on all three days of celebrating this festival. On this occasion, the government has given a public holiday today.


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