Each one of us needs a vacation now and then. Hence, religions came up with many holidays. For instance, in Christianity, there are many significant holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter Day, and so on. In Judaism, they celebrate Shabbat, which is the day of rest and weekly observance of God’s completion of creation. Likewise, Yom Kippur because they believe it on this day, God decides each person’s fate. Also, Hanukkah and many other holidays. In like manner, in Islam, there are many holidays. The two major holidays are Eid al-Fitr Mubarak and Eid al-Adha Mubarak. Read this article of Miskshops thoroughly to learn more about Eid Mubarak.
Eid Mubarak meaning:
In the previous paragraph, you have read the expression, Eid Mubarak. If you are a Muslim, I am sure you have heard this expression frequently, but have you ever wondered what it means? If you are a non-Muslim and eager to learn about this expression and learn about Islamic holidays, fasten your seatbelt. Eid Mubarak is a compound noun. That is to say, there is Eid which means Holiday or a celebration, and Mubarak, which means blessed by a divinity order. Hence, Eid Mubarak means Blessed Celebration. This term is used by Muslims all over the world to wish each other a Happy and Blessed Eid.
Eid Mubarak wishes:
Arabs and since the beginning of times have always characterized by being eloquent and silver-tongued. Hence, they take this blessed opportunity to write the best expressions of wishes to share with their friends, family, and loved ones. For instance one of these Eid Mubarak wishes are “On this joyous day of Eid-ul-Fitr, I wish you and your family a pleased Eid. May Allah accept all your prayers and forgive all your faults. Eid Mubarak! Or “On this happy occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, I pray to Allah to fulfill all your dreams” They also seize the opportunity to design sophisticated wish cards.
The story behind Eid Al-Adha:
As we have talked in the previous Paragraph about Eid Al-Fitr, which is one of the significant Islam celebrations. The second major Eid celebration is Eid Al-Adha. As every religious ceremony holds a meaning, Eid-al Adha is no exception. This celebration holds the holy purpose behind it. It has all begun when Prophet Abraham been told by Allah that he must sacrifice his son Ismael to prove his loyalty and obedience to Allah.
The Memory of Prophet Ibrahim:
Hence Ibrahim decided to adhere to God’s commands. However, the shaitan tried to convince the Prophet Ibrahim otherwise. Nevertheless, Ibrahim refused, and the pebbles on the devil to chase him away. Hence, Ibrahim carried on with the matter and took Ismail to a mountain to sacrifice his son Ismail. However, to his surprise, he found that Allah had replaced Ismail with a lamb. When Ibrahim proved his devotion and obedience to his creator, Allah spared his son and rewarded him with a lamb instead.
Thus, every year Muslims all around the globe, sacrifice sheep in the memory of Ibrahim’s incident. To evoke obedience and devotedness to Allah. Therefore, Eid Al-Adha takes place on the tenth day of the month Dil-hajj, which is also the month when Muslims perform Hajj. Hence, for Muslims who are carrying out the pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, have different protocols of celebrating the Eid. First of all, they begin by throwing pebbles at three pillars in the city of MINAN, in the memory of when Prophet Ibrahim chase the devil away. That is because they believe that the incident happened in the place of Minan. Then, they pay a sum of money to Saudi Arabia’s government to buy sheep on their behalf and donate it to charity.
Eid al-Adha 2020:
Nevertheless, Eid Al-Adha this year is assumed to be complicated mainly due to the coronavirus. In the act of pilgrims is suspended this year, Muslims of the world is still waiting on whether Eid Al-Adha is going to be celebrated or not.
Muslims and other monotheistic religions celebration:
Many of you have raised the critical question of whether Muslims do celebrate Christmas or not. As the answer might seem obvious, many people do not know why. Thus, Muslims do not celebrate Christmas. It goes without saying that when one hears this for the first time, the first question that comes to the mind, is but why? Do Muslims not believe in Jesus? Especially given the fact that Jesus was so revered in Islam. Then if Christmas is the birthday of Jesus, why don’t Muslims celebrate his birthday?
No one can deny the fact that Muslims think and believe highly of all prophets. Jesus was mentioned in the Holy Quran 25 times. Moreover, there is a whole chapter in the Quran named after Jesus’s Mother Meryem. Furthermore, an entire other Surah for Meryem’s family Al-Imran. That is to say that the Quran gives very detailed information about the Birth of Jesus and all other related circumstances. However, the alarming question persists. Then why don’t Muslims celebrate Christmas?
Concerning why don’t Muslims celebrate Christmas, Muslims do not celebrate it, just as they do not celebrate any birthday of any other prophet. Many Muslim scholars believe that celebrating the birthday of Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him, is itself regarded as Bidaa.
However, religious scholars raise another question, whether 25th December the real birth date of Jesus. According to the Bible and Quran, both occurred that when JesusJesus was born Maryam, Jesus’s Mother, shook palm tree and ate the dates that fell. Therefore and as we know that the season of the ripening of dates is around August and September. Hence, we conclude that the real birth date of Jesus is in autumn rather than in winter.
To conclude, the Holy celebration is a way of sharing love, sympathy, and affection. There are moments of joy and also to bring joy to one another. Every religious celebration held behind it an essential story. Thus we should learn from these holy stories. Mainly to help those in need, because taking care of others is the key to be a real Muslim.
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