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Eid al Adha
عيد الأضحى

"Festival of Sacrifice"

Eid al-Adha "Festival of Sacrifice" or Eid el kebir (Aid L'kbir) "Greater Eid" is a holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to God. It is the most important feast of the Muslim calendar. It concludes the Pilgrimmage to Mecca.

Eid al-Adha lasts for three days (in practice two weeks).
Muslims who can afford to do so sacrifice their best domestic animals (usually sheep, but also camels, cows and goats) as a symbol of Ibrahim's sacrifice. The sacrificed animals, also known as "al-qurbani"), have to meet certain age and quality standards or else the animal is considered an unacceptable sacrifice. Generally, these must be at least a year old.


The regular charitable practices of the Muslim community are demonstrated during Eid al-Adha by the concerted effort to see that no impoverished person is left without sacrificial food during these days.

The meat is divided into three parts. The family retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the other third is given to the poor and needy.


Slaughtering a sheep

One of the main trials of Abraham's life was to face the command of God to devote his dearest possession, his only son Ishmael. Upon hearing this command, he prepared to submit to God's will. During this preparation, Satan (Shaitan) tempted Abraham and his family by trying to dissuade them from carrying out God's commandment, and Ibrahim drove Satan away by throwing pebbles at him. In commemoration of their rejection of Satan, stones are thrown at symbolic pillars signifying Satan during the Hajj rites.

Eid al-Adha starts

on the 28 June 2023
( 10 Dhu al-Hijjah 1444)

Islamic Calendar


Sheep market in Scala Essaouira

The sheep market (Souk)
Scala Essaouira 2009

Sharpening the knives

Sharpening the knives

Charbon for brochettes

Charcoal for the barbecue is for sale in a street



sheep for  sale
Sheep for sale in the street the days before Eid

Abraham´s sacrifice

When Ishmael was about 13 (Ibrahim being 99), Allah (God) decided to test their faith in public. Abraham had a recurring dream, in which God was commanding him to offer his son as a sacrifice – an unimaginable act – sacrificing his son, which God had granted him after many years of deep prayer. Abraham knew that the dreams of the prophets were divinely inspired, and one of the ways in which God communicated with his prophets. When the intent of the dreams became clear to him, Abraham decided to fulfill God's command and offer Ishmael for sacrifice.
Although Abraham was ready to sacrifice his dearest for Allah's sake, he could not just go and drag his son to the place of sacrifice without his consent. Isma'el had to be consulted as to whether he was willing to give up his life as fulfillment to God's command. This consultation would be a major test of Isma'el's maturity in faith, love and commitment for Allah, willingness to obey his father and sacrifice his own life for the sake of Allah.
Abraham presented the matter to his son and asked for his opinion about the dreams of slaughtering him. Ishmael did not show any hesitation or reservation even for a moment. He said, "Father, do what you have been commanded. You will find me, Insha'Allah (God willing), to be very patient." His mature response, his deep insight into the nature of dad’s dreams, his commitment to Allah, and ultimately his willingness to sacrifice his own life for the sake of Allah were all unprecedented.

When both father and son had shown their perfect obedience to Allah and they had practically demonstrated their willingness to sacrifice their most precious possessions for His sake — Abraham by laying down his son for sacrifice and Ishmael by lying patiently under the knife – Allah called out to them stating that his sincere intentions had been accepted, and that he need not carry out the killing of Ishmael. Instead, Abraham was told to replace his son with a ram to sacrifice instead. Allah also told them that they had passed the test imposed upon them by his willingness to carry out God's command.




A very short story from Essaouira.

Eid el Adha

Two sheep


During the great Muslim feast , Eid el Adha,
it is common to help the poor if you can.
Not anyone can afford to buy a sheep for offering.
A merchant wanted to do something good for
the workers waiting in the souk for work.
So he went there and offered a days work
for anyone who was willing to accept the lowest salary of 15 dh.

Most of them laughed at him but after a while 3 men accepted.
They went to the merchants house and when they arrived,
he opened the door of the farmhouse and pointed at a group of sheep eating the herbs and he said:
- Each of you can choose one of the sheep!
The 3 men looked at each other surprised.
When they very happy returned, they passed the souk again
and told the others about their gift. They got sad and disappointed and asked why.
The merchant explained that he wanted the really poor to have the gift.
A worker who is prepared to work for such a low salary - is really poor and in need.
True tales from Essaouira


Eid el adha

Buying a sheep is expensive for families with low income.


Drying skins of sheep fron Eid el Kebir
Drying sheep skins in the sun after Eid el Kebir

Liens externes en français

L’Aïd al-Adha, « fête du sacrifice », appelé aussi Aid al-Kabir

AID AL ADHA : pourquoi égorger un mouton au nom d’Allah
qui n’a jamais rien demandé de la sorte aux musulmans du moins?

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These are the decrees of slaughtering Eid sacrifice or what is called the Mahdi
during the Hajj season of 2017 in the land of the Two Holy Mosques





Eid al Adha
Eid el Kebir

External links

Eid al-Adha