Eid-uz-Zuha is also called Bakrid in the Indian
sub-continent, signifying the spirit of sacrifice.
The origin of Eid-uz-Zuha is traced to the fable around Ibrahim (Abraham),
considered a holy man in Islam. It so happened that in his dream Ibrahim was
asked by a divine power to sacrifice his most precious thing to God.
Unable to interpret his dream correctly, Ibrahim sacrificed his camels to God.
But, the divine power continued to appear in unusual dreams and kept asking him
to sacrifice the thing that was dearest to him. And, Ibrahim continued
sacrificing his dearest belongings. However, the divine command through the
One day, Ibrahim, undiluted in his devotion to God, decided to sacrifice his
beloved son, Ishmael to God. At the time of sacrifice, Ishmael was surprisingly
replaced with a he-goat by a divine power. As the blade swished down, the goat
was sacrificed instead.
Eid-uz-Zuha or Bakrid is celebrated every year on this day, when Ibrahim decided
to sacrifice his son Ishmael, to mark the spirit of sacrifice.
Bakrid also marks the culmination of the Haj -- the pilgrimage to Ka’ba in
Mecca where Muslims from the world over assemble. The Ka’ba was the most
important place of worship even before the advent of Islam and the revelation of
the Holy Quran to Prophet Muhammad, after which, significance of the Ka’ba has
The day of the Eid-uz-Zuha starts with the early morning Namaz in a Mosque.
Namaz is offered in the early hours of the day. Namazis are required to offer
prayers on an empty stomach. After Namaz, “Kurbani” (sacrifice) is
Once sacrifice is performed, meat is served in the families and distributed in
the neighborhood. Goats, camels and bulls are sacrificed on the day of Eid.
Arsalan, Courtesy: Indian