Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Saturday, July 21st, 2018

EID-UL-AZHA

Muslims celebrate two Eids within one Islamic year. These two Eids are considered as the days of blessings and bliss for all the Muslims around the world and they make sure that they celebrate these two Eids with grandeur and maximum pleasure. These two Eids are Eid-ul-Fithr and Eid-ul-Azha. Eid-ul-Fithr is celebrated on first day of Shawal after the sacred month of Ramadan, while Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated on 10th of Zilhajja. Tomorrow, it is going to be 10th of Zilhajja and Afghanistan is going to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with dignity and Islamic pride.

Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated to remind the Muslims and the world of the great sacrifice that Hazrat Ibrahim was willing to present to Allah Almighty. He got ready to sacrifice his beloved son Hazrat Ismail in order to please Allah Almighty. To remember the same the Muslims in Eid-ul-Azha sacrifice different animals, which are 'halal' for them.

They, after sacrificing the animals distribute them to their neighbors, relatives and needy people. The importance of Eid-ul-Azha is also gratified because of the fact that Hajj – an important obligation in Islam – is also completed during it.

Apart from the religious aspect of Eid, there are many social aspects to it, as well. It reminds the people of their important duty towards their fellow being. It is basically an invitation for social interaction and gathering.

Muslims begin their Eid by going for Eid prayer in the mosques, where they get together, and bow in front of Allah Almighty without any distinction of social class and differences.

After prayers, people visit one another, which serve as an opportunity to know of one another's conditions and even an opportunity to come closer to each other and know each other well. Moreover, people dress up especially for the occasions and prepare different sorts of dishes and sweets to serve one another. It also plays role in representing some of the cultural aspects of the people.

In fact, Eid is not just an occasion to wear new attire; rather it is a message of religious integrity and social responsiveness. It demands that Muslims must feel that the more they become wealthy and influential the more they have to be responsible; not only for the fulfillment of their duties towards Allah, but also towards the people.

They must, in no case forget that they stand equal in front of Allah; the only dominance is of the ones who perform virtuous deeds – the deeds that give the people pleasure, not pain.