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Eid al-Adha 2024: The Feast of Sacrifice - A Deep Dive

Eid al-Adha, also known as the “Festival of Sacrifice,” is one of the two major Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide. It’s a joyous occasion filled with religious significance, cultural traditions, and acts of charity.

The Story of Sacrifice

The heart of Eid al-Adha lies in the story of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) and his unwavering devotion to Allah (God). According to Islamic tradition, Allah commanded Ibrahim to sacrifice his beloved son, Ismail (Ishmael). With unwavering faith, Ibrahim prepared to submit to God’s will. However, at the moment of sacrifice, Allah intervened, replacing Ismail with a ram. This act commemorates Ibrahim’s ultimate submission and Allah’s mercy.

Importance of Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha serves as a powerful reminder of several important lessons:

Hadiths About Celebrating Eid al-Adha

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) emphasized the importance of Eid al-Adha through various hadiths (sayings):

  • “The best days in the sight of Allah are the Day of al-Adha (the day of sacrifice) and the Day of al-Fitr (the day of breaking fast).” (Sahih al-Bukhari)


  •  “Whoever has the means to offer a sacrifice and does not do so, then let them not attend the Eid prayer with us.” (Ibn Majah) [This hadith emphasizes the importance of the sacrifice for those who can afford it, but it should not be interpreted to exclude those who cannot.]

Considerations for Offering a Sacrifice

Benefits of Eid al-Adha & Qurbani

Eid al-Adha offers numerous benefits for individuals and communities:

Strengthens Faith

Observing the rituals and traditions reinforces one's faith and connection with Allah.

Promotes Family and Community Bonding

Eid al-Adha brings families and communities together through shared meals, prayers, and celebrations.

Combats Hunger

The distribution of meat to the less fortunate alleviates hunger and promotes social justice.

How Muslim Food Bank embodies the spirit of Eid al-Adha?

Combating Food Insecurity: MFBCS strives to address food insecurity, a critical issue that aligns with the core principle of sharing blessings during Eid al-Adha.

Promoting Self-Reliance: The ASPIRE programs offered by MFBCS empower individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency, fostering a sense of dignity and resilience that reflects the spirit of sacrifice.

Building Community: MFBCS fosters a supportive and caring community, similar to the emphasis on strengthening social bonds during Eid al-Adha.

How You Can Get Involved with MFBCS & Celebrate the Spirit of Eid al-Adha?

There are numerous ways you can contribute to MFBCS’s mission and celebrate the spirit of Eid al-Adha:

Donate Qurbani

During Eid al-Adha, MFBCS facilitates the ethical sacrifice and distribution of Qurbani meat. You can donate towards a whole Qurbani or contribute a portion, ensuring nutritious meat reaches those in need.


MFBCS relies on dedicated volunteers to ensure smooth operations, especially during the high-demand period of Eid al-Adha. Volunteering your time for food sorting, packing, or distribution allows you to directly contribute to alleviating hunger.

Spread Awareness

Raise awareness about MFBCS and the importance of tackling food insecurity within your community. Share information on social media, talk to friends and family, and encourage them to support the cause.

Zakat and Sadaqah

Eid al-Adha is an excellent time to fulfill your Zakat obligations (mandatory charity) or donate additional Sadaqah (voluntary charity) through MFBCS. Your contributions will directly support those in need.

Frequently Asked Questions

A: Eid al-Adha is an Islamic holiday based on the lunar calendar, so the exact date varies from year to year. In 2024, Eid al-Adha begins in the evening of Sunday, June 16th and lasts for three day,

A: Eid al-Adha, also known as Eid-ul-Adha or the “Feast of Sacrifice,” commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command. Ultimately, God provides a ram to be sacrificed instead. It’s a celebration of faith, sacrifice, and sharing.

A: Bakra Eid is another name for Eid al-Adha. “Bakra” means “goat” or “sheep” in Urdu and Hindi, referring to the animal sacrifice tradition.

A: The tradition of sacrificing an animal (Qurbani) is obligatory for some interpretations of Islamic law, but recommended (Sunnah) in others. There are also charitable alternatives for those who cannot afford the sacrifice.

A: Muslims don’t have to eat specifically goat on Eid al-Adha. The sacrificed animal (usually a sheep, goat, cow, or camel) is divided into three parts: for the family, for relatives and friends, and for the poor and needy. The type of animal depends on what’s available and affordable.

A: Yes, Eid al-Adha is one of the two major Islamic holidays, alongside Eid al-Fitr. It’s a time for prayer, family gatherings, exchanging gifts, and sharing a festive meal.

A: There are two Eids in Islam every year. In 2024, the first Eid (Eid al-Fitr) would have already passed, and the second Eid (Eid al-Adha) is coming up in June.

A: The story behind Eid al-Adha revolves around Prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) unwavering faith and willingness to sacrifice his son as instructed by God. God ultimately replaces the son with a ram, demonstrating his mercy and testing Ibrahim’s obedience.

A: Yes, Islam celebrates two major Eids: Eid al-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan and Eid al-Adha commemorating the story of Prophet Ibrahim.

A: Both Eids are important holidays, but Eid al-Adha has a wider range of traditions and rituals associated with it. However, the importance ultimately depends on personal beliefs and practices within Islam.