Muslims in South Africa and the world are set to celebrate the Eid Al Adha festival on Tuesday, 21 August.
For non-Muslims, a recurrent question is what's Eid Al Adha's meaning, how do Muslims celebrate it, and whether or not it's a holiday.
What is Eid Al Adha?
According to Saman Javed, an Islamic scholar writing on independent.co.uk, Eid Al Adha is the holiest festival in the Islamic calendar.
It is known as the "Feast of Sacrifice" and commemorates the story of prophet Ibrahim as narrated in the Holy Qur'an.
Ibrahim was prepared to sacrifice his son at God's request to prove his faith. However, God gave him a lamb to sacrifice instead.
When is Eid Al Adha?
The festival has no fixed date because Islam is based on the lunar calendar. It falls on 10th day of the 12th month of the Islamic year, depending on the approximate sighting of the moon.
It also coincides with the annual Hajj pilgrimage, Briefly.co.za learned. Eid Al Adha in 2018 in South Africa will be held from August 22 to August 25, together with the rest of the Muslim world.
How do Muslims celebrate Eid Al Adha?
On the morning of Eid, Muslims hold Eid prayers at designated mosques. Families then often gather to make animal sacrifices and prepare food from the animals.
In many cases, Muslims also make charitable donations to the less privileged in society.
Eid Al Adha holiday
In South Africa, the festival is usually not a public holiday. However, in countries where Islam is the main religion, Eid Al Adha is normally declared a public holiday lasting several days.
How to greet a Muslim on Eid Al Adha
The most common greeting is simply "Eid Mubarak." It translates to "Blessed Eid."
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