Festive Eid Al Adha mood spreads across UAE

Festive Eid Al Adha mood spreads across UAE

Although both are equally important times in the Islamic calendar - one is considered significantly more holy than the other.

The final days of hajj coincide with the Eid al-Adha holiday, or "Feast of Sacrifice", to commemorate Ibrahim's test of faith.

What is Eid al Adha? If the moon is sighted on the 29th, the next day is declared as the first day of Zul Hijjah and the Eid is celebrated on the 10th of the month.

Ramadan sees Muslims fast during daylight hours to become closer to God. Muslims visit their friends and relatives to exchange Eid greetings. The celebrations of Eid Al Adha can last up to three days. It is also when Hajj, a pilgrimage which all able-bodied Muslims are required to complete once in their lives, takes place.

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Muslims pray at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca.

A Yemeni boy holds a goat at a livestock market in the capital Sanaa on August 20, 2018, as people buy provisions in preparation for the Eid-ul-Azha celebrations. Also known as the "Feast of Sacrifice", it pays tribute to the willingness of Prophet Ibraham to sacrifice his son Ismail to prove his obedience to God. The Prophet and his wife traveled to Mecca, where they planned to perform the deed.

Despite being prompted by the Devil to break his promise to God, they carried on.

The cleric, who warned Muslims against using ill-gotten money for the purchase ram for sacrifice, noted that the Almighty Allah was pure and would accept only that which was clean and pure. Eid-ul-Adha: History and significance The story behind Eid-ul-Adha is that God once told his friend Prophet Ibrahim, the father of Prophet, to sacrifice a thing which is dearest to him to prove his love and faith in God.