On behalf of everyone associated with Hamer School, we would like to wish you a blessed Eid and ask that you remember us in your prayers in these momentous days!
Eid-ul-Adha ('festival of Sacrifice') also known as the Greater Eid, is the second most important festival in the Muslim calendar. The festival remembers the prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son when God ordered him to.
The story of Ibrahim's sacrifice
Eid-ul-Adha celebrates the occasion when Allah appeared to Ibrahim in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son Isma'il as an act of obedience to Allah. The devil tempted Ibrahim by saying he should disobey Allah. As Ibrahim was about to follow Allah’s order, Allah stopped him and gave him a lamb to sacrifice instead.
Today Muslims all over the world, who can afford it, sacrifice a sheep (sometimes a goat) as a reminder of Ibrahim's actions. They share out the meat among family, friends and the poor, who each receive a third share.
Eid usually starts with Muslims going to the Masjid for prayers, dressed in their best clothes, and thanking Allah for all the blessings they have received. It is also a time when they visit family and friends as well as offering presents.
****It is very important that all Muslims give some money to charity; this money is used to help poor people buy new clothes and food so they too can celebrate***