Muslims in most of the South Asian countries, including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and two divided parts of Kashmir are celebrating Eid-ul-Adha, the festival of sacrifice with religious zeal and traditional enthusiasm today (Tuesday). The Eid-ul-Adha represents the supreme sacrifice offered by the holy prophet Ibrahim (AS) and celebrated 10th day of twelfth month of Islamic Calendar.
According to Muslim faith, Allah (SWT) asked Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his 13-year-old son. However, after Ibrahim expressed his willingness to do so, Allah asked that a sheep be sacrificed instead of the child. The Islamic prophet Mohammed, who founded Islam, was a direct descendant of Ibrahim. Obedience and bow before the will of God is an important lesson to be learned from Eid-ul-Adha.
Hundreds of thousands of animals would be sacrificed over the next two days to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's (AS) submission to Allah's will. The festival coincides with the Hajj, one of the five fundamentals of Islamic worship, as millions of Muslims perform various rituals (Manasiks) including daylong stay in Maidan-i-Arafat, stoning of the Satan (devil) at Mina and Tawwaf around the holy Ka’aba at Makkah city of Saudi Arabia.
Massive congregational of Eid prayers were organized all over Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. At Muzaffarabad, the biggest congregations were held at Jamia Masjid, Central Eid Gah in the heart of the city, Azad Jammu and Kashmir University Campus, and Jamia Mosque Civil Secretariat on Monday morning. The religious scholars, Imams and clerics deliver sermons on the occasion highlighting the sacrifices of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and Prophet Ismail (AS).