Bakri Eid 2020: Here's how the Muslim community is preparing to celebrate Eid Al-Adha amid the coronavirus pandemic
New Delhi : Eid Al-Adha, also known as Bakri Eid, is here. This festival is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah. This festival marks the end of the popular Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia which is known as the Hajj pilgrimage. This is the day when Muslims across the world celebrate and pay their respects to their Prophet Abraham. It is believed that Allah once came in the dream of Prophet Abraham and asked him to sacrifice his son as a sign of respect and obedience but when he was about to do that, Allah stopped him and gave him a lamb to sacrifice. This is why the Muslim communities sacrifice a goat to offer their obedience to Allah.
The people from the Muslim community start this day with prayers and then they sacrifice the goat or the sheep. As per their beliefs, the meat of the sacrificed animal is to be distributed to the poor and underprivileged as well as within the family. This is why it is shared by the Muslims within their community. They also utilize this occasion to make donations as per the number of family members. This donation is known as the Fitrah.
Bakri Eid will be celebrated on the 1st of August in India this year. But due to the global coronavirus outbreak, everything has become problematic. The government has banned the sale of animal and opening of markets in order to prevent overcrowding but at the same time, online sale of animals has been permitted as long as people do not gather for the sacrifice ritual and maintain the social distancing norms.