Every religion has celebrations that take place over the course of the year. Some require that you fast, others require that you refuse to give in to temptations, others celebrate the birth of the religions. Some religions have holidays throughout the year, while others are concentrated in one month or so.
The Islamic faith has two major holidays, al-Fitr and al-Adha. Al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan. The fasting is now over and the end of the holy month is celebrated with a big celebration and bountiful feast.
Al-Adha is another holiday that is very important. The english translation of this holiday is the “Feast of Sacrifice.” The holiday marks the day that prophet Abraham was going to sacrifice his son to honor God. Just as he was going to sacrifice his son, God provided him with a goat to slaughter. Since this day people of the Islamic faith have been slaughtering a goat as a sacrifice to God.
Important Muslim Holidays
Some of the important holidays in Islamic faith are:
Ramadan is a month long celebration that takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. During these 29 or 30 days, Muslims must fast from sunrise to sundown. Ramadan is meant to celebrate the first verses of the Quran being presented to the prophet Mohammed.
- Laylat al-Qadr
Laylat al-Qadr takes place on one of the ten final nights of Ramadan. This celebration marks the day that the first verses of the Quran were presented to Mohammed. During this day, Allah’s blessings are said to be the strongest and all sins are forgiven.
- Eid al-Fitr
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan. The end of the month long fast is celebrated with a great feast. In Islamic countries, the holiday is celebrated over a three day period.
The Hajj is one of, if not the most important holiday in the Islamic faith. Each year, there is a pilgrimage to the Mecca. While it is not required to attend the pilgrimage every year, it is required to complete the pilgrimage at least once in your lifetime; if you are able, of course. This holiday celebrates one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
- Eid al-Adha
Eid al-Adha marks the end of the Hajj. The day is celebrated with the sacrifice of a lamb. The intent of Eid al-Adha is to celebrate happiness and forget any differences you have. Gifts are given to family and friends an there is a large feast.
For every religion, holidays mark the day of an important event. They are a day to rejoice and celebrate. It is important that no matter what your beliefs are, you respect the beliefs of others as well.