On one unassuming night, the Prophet Ibrahim had a remarkable dream-vision. In the dream, God Almighty appeared to Ibrahim and commanded him to sacrifice his beloved son Ismail as a show of complete submission.
Though heartbroken, Ibrahim took his son to Mount Arafah and steeled himself to perform the unthinkable. However, the archangel Jibril appeared before them with a ram in tow. The ram was then sacrificed in place of Ibrahim’s son, and in celebration of Ibrahim’s loyalty and complete devotion towards God Almighty, Eid Adha is observed.
Eid Adha 2022 date and public holiday
According to the latest update by Qatar Calendar House (QHC) and the astronomers, Eid Adha is to be held on Saturday, 9th of July 2022, this year.
How is it celebrated in Qatar?
Muslims consider Eid Adha very important because it commemorates Ibrahim’s surrender and devotion to the Creator. It is hoped that through taking part in the remembrance, Muslims today would be inspired to reflect on their year and be inspired to help those less fortunate.
Muslims worldwide commemorate Eid Adha, commonly known as the “Festival of Sacrifice.” It is a significant event that includes special prayers, sacrificing an animal such as a goat, sheep, camel, or cow if one can afford it, charitable giving, and visiting friends and relatives.
During Eid Adha in Qatar, Muslims sacrifice a goat or sheep or a part of a camel or cow. The meat is divided into three parts: the first one for the needy and destitute, one for family, and oneself. The goal is to guarantee that everyone is included and has a proper meal during Eid.
Unlike regular daily prayers, which are done in mosques, the Eid prayer is held in a vast and open space or field. It occurs around an hour and a half after the dawn prayer when the sun is out. Following the Eid prayer, an Imam delivers a speech in which everyone prays for forgiveness, kindness, and peace for all humanity.
On a heartier note, celebrations are organized, people meet their family and friends, and pleasantries and gifts are exchanged.