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The Meaning of Eid al-Adha According to the Quran and Hadith


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The meaning of Eid al-Adha or often referred to as Lebaran Haji, is a Muslim celebration by performing Eid prayers and slaughtering sacrificial animals which are later distributed to the surrounding community.

On this great day, Muslims who have the opportunity to perform the Hajj pilgrimage are also in the Holy Land of Mecca, to perform the various pillars of Hajj that have been determined. Among them are carrying out wukuf in Padang Arafah, throwing jumrah, and others.

Basically, Eid al-Adha is always celebrated on the 10th of Zulhijah and has many terms. But actually the word Eid al-Adha is a combination of 'Eid' meaning return and 'Adha' meaning qurban. So it can be interpreted as the feast day of slaughtering sacrificial animals. Animals that can be used for sacrifice are camels, cows, goats or sheep.

Does this ritual make Islam no different from other religions, in that Muslims make these animals an offering to Allah SWT? Qurban, like Hajj, is symbolic. Qurban is not a ritual of shedding blood to gain Allah's favor through the death of another creature. Qurban for Muslims is an expression of gratitude to Allah for the abundance of fortune by sharing precious food with those who are less fortunate.

The Meaning of Qurban According to the Quran

Eid al-Fitr in Indonesia is usually performed with Eid prayers, followed by slaughtering sacrificial animals and then distributing them to the surrounding community and those who are less fortunate. In the Quran itself, it has been explained from various surahs ranging from the origin to the command to perform qurban.

1. Surah Al-Hajj (22:34)

"And for each nation We have prescribed the slaughter (of animals), that they may mention the name of Allah over the animals of which He has provided for them."

This verse explains how important it is to always remember Allah SWT for all the gifts that have been given including in the process of slaughtering sacrificial animals. This action is a form of gratitude for all His gifts.

2. Surah Al-Hajj (22:37)

"God does not accept the blood and flesh of the sacrificial animals, but he accepts your piety. Thus Allah makes you prosperous."

This passage explains that animal sacrifice is not about sacrificing animal meat to the Creator. But how someone who strives to be pious to Allah SWT. In accordance with the purpose of Eid al-Adha, which is to get closer to Allah by showing our piety.

3. Surah Al Kautsar ayat 2

"So offer prayer for the sake of your Lord, and sacrifice (as an act of worship and drawing near to Allah)"

This verse also explains that Eid al-Adha is a Muslim act of worship as a form of getting closer to Allah swt.

In a hadith narrated by Abu Hurairah, the Prophet Muhammad said, "Whoever has enough money and does not sacrifice an animal, then do not come near the place where we pray".

For Muslims who are not able to perform the Hajj, Allah has made it easy to get closer to Him by performing qurban for those who are able.

The Purpose of Interpreting Eid al-Adha

The purpose of this Eid al-Adha actually has a lot of lessons that we can learn, namely:

1. Learn to be God-fearing

As Allah has told in the Quran how the Prophets, especially Ibrahim AS, received a very severe test, namely being ordered by Allah swt to slaughter his favorite son, Prophet Ismail AS.

From this story we can conclude that Allah swt is pleased with servants who fear Him.

2. Strengthen human relations (hablumminannas).

After performing the qurban service, which is the slaughtering of qurban animals, the next step is to distribute the qurban meat to the surrounding residents.

This teaches us how to share with others and increase empathy for our surroundings to create good relationships.

3. Learn to improve yourself.

Eid al-Adha can also be a story for us to be more muhasabah related to the stories of the Prophet who remained pious to Allah SWT. So that we can become better Muslims in the eyes of the Creator.

Mukena and Comfortable Clothing for Eid al-Adha

That was the explanation of the meaning of Eid al-Adha according to the Quran and Hadith. When celebrating Eid al-Adha, we will usually stay in touch with family and relatives. For that, of course we need comfortable clothes and mukena, right?

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