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Bakri Id

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Bakri Id (Bakri Eid) or or Eid ul Adha or Id ul Zuha - the "Festival of Sacrifice" - is one of the most celebrated festivals of Islam. Bakri Id is related to the legend of Prophet Ibrahim who stood the test of God’s faith when asked by God to sacrifice his son.

Bakri Eid derives its name from the word "Bakri" or "Bakhr" meaning goat,  and "Id" meaning festival. Celebrated in the Islamic month of Dhu’l Hijja, Muslims sacrifice a goat, sheep, camel, or any four legged animal to celebrate their strong faith in Allah. The meat from the sacrificed animal is divided into three parts - the family retains one third of the share, another third is given to relatives and friends, and the balance is given away to the poor.

The dawn of Bakri Id in all parts of the world begins with the sound of “Thakir” or “Allahu Akbar” asserting that God is Great.  The sacrifice of goat is followed by prayers at mosques, feasts, and merry-making.  Muslims wear new clothes and visit the homes of friends and family to exchange good wishes on Bakri Id.

Bakri Eid is also known / referred to as Eid, Al-Adha, Id-ul-Zuha, Idul-Adh, Eid-ul-Adhaa in different parts of India and the muslim world.  

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Bakri Id is celebrated on the 10th, 11th  and 12th of the Islamic month of Dhu’l Hijja.

Bakri Eid celebrations start after the completion of the Hajj - the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The date is approximately 70 days (2 Months & 10 days) after the end of the month of Ramadan, i.e. Eid-ul-Fitr.

 When is Bakri Id

  • In 2013, Bakri Id is on Wednesday, October 16 
  • In 2014, Bakri Id is on Sunday, October 5

  • In 2015, Bakri Id is on Thursday, September 24

  • In 2016, Bakri Id is on Monday, September 12 

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Bakri Id is celebrated for 3 days. The sacrificial meat can be offered any time during the 3 days but before the afternoon of the 3rd day.

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Bakri Id is celebrated across the world where Muslims reside.  In India, it can be experienced in any city where there is a sizable Muslim population.

In terms of big cities, parts of Old-Delhi (near Jama Masjid), and selected parts of Mumbai, are especially notable for the celebrations of Bakri Eid.

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[ Edit ] Also Known As

Bakri Id or Bakri Eid is also known as “Id ul Zuha” or “Id ul Adha”. Zuha or uzhaiyya means “to sacrifice”.

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Bakri Id is dedicated to Prophet Ibrahim.

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Muslims around the world celebrate Bakri Id to honour the test of faith of Prophet Ibrahim. They show their allegiance, faith and sincerity towards Allah.  The festival is also the anniversary of the day when Quran, the holy book, was declared complete. It is the time when many Muslims undertake the pilgrimage to Haj.

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History of Bakri Eid

It is said that Prophet Ibrahim had a dream where Allah asked him to sacrifice his son Ismail thereby testing his faith on test. In order not to let his paternal feelings overcome his decision, Prophet Ibrahim blindfolded himself and put Ismail on the altar at Mount of Mina near Mecca and carried out the sacrifice. But when the Prophet opened his eyes in place of his son lay a dead ram. His son Ismail was safe. This led to the practice where Muslims around the world sacrificing an animal, generally a goat, on this day.

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For those Muslims who have gone for the pilgrimage of Haj, the day of Bakri Id starts with Eid prayers. Pilgrims then reach the grounds of Mina where they sacrifice an animal each for it was here that Prophet Ibrahim is believed to have willingly sacrificed his son as per Allah’s wish. The male pilgrims then shave their heads.

According to customs Haj pilgrims (both men and women) collect 70 pebbles called “kakras” to throw at 3 pillars which symbolize Satan or “Shaitan”. This is done to drive away Satan who tried to dissuade Prophet Ibrahim thrice from making the supreme sacrifice. Thus it marks the symbolic condemnation of evil power that tries to dissuade man from reaching to God.

In India, day begins with a “ghusl” or bath followed by the offering of namaaz. In Kerala mainly, on the day of Bakri Id people gather for public prayers in wide open spaces called “Id Gah”. After the Id prayers, the leader or Imam delivers a religious lecture to the Muslim devotees. In Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, prayers are held in the mosque followed by feasting rejoicing.

Every true Muslim who owns wealth equal to one or more than 400 grams of gold or can afford two square meals a day is expected to sacrifice an animal during Eid ul Zuha. Thus it is mandatory to sacrifice either individually or collectively if one cannot afford the full price of the animal. The sacrificial meat is then divided in three parts- one for the self, second for friends and relatives and third which is the most important - for the poor and needy.

In general on the occasion of Bakri Id prayers are offered, new clothes are worn and people go to each other’s homes to greet each other. Children also receive gifts or “Eidi” from elders.

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Festival Fun

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Delicious items are prepared from the sacrificial meat. Vermicili or “sevaiyaan” is the traditional sweet prepared on this day. 

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SMS & Greetings

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Bakri Eid SMS Greetings:

The following are some Bakri-Id SMS wishes and greetings to share with your friends and family.  Please add yours to the list to share with other Members of the Rang7 community.

  • Wish u ALL a happy and peaceful Eid. May Allah accept ur good deeds, forgive ur transgressions & ease the suffering of all peoples around the globe. Eid Mubark!!
  • Aao milaen k aaj EID ka din hy musarrato,n muskarahto,n deed ka din hai gellay bhulaen, dilon ko saaf ab kar laen ranjishon ko mitaen k saat-e-saeed ka din hai
  • Aaj se Amiri Garibi ka fasle na rahe, Har Insan ek duje ko aapna bhai kahe, Aj sab kuch bhool ka aa gale lag ja, Mubarak ho tuje yeh EID ka tyohar
  • Sending warm wishes across the miles…Just to let you know how much you are missed on this Bakri-Id Day!!
  • May you be guided by your faith in Allah & shine in his divine blessings!!!  Eid Mubarak!!
  • Many are the wishes that are being sent your way...but this a special one for a very happy Eid Day
  • May the magic of this EID bring lots of happiness in ur life & may u celebrate it with all ur close friends & may it fill ur HEART with love
  • The moon has been sighted
    The samoosas are ready
    Here comes EID so just go steady
    Lots of dua's is all i request
    and just wanted to wish you all the BEST!!!
  • "Id Mubarak"  We say Eid Mubarak to our beloved one, please do remember the people those are seeking the eye to be joind in our Happiness.. Eid Mubarak
  • Ye Bakra Bhej Raha Hun Isse eid tak pani aur Chara Kilete pilate rehna
    Aur Han
    ...Bakra Eid Mubarak..
  • Do you know the Meaning of BAKRI ID?
    I think it means "ENJOY in DUNIYA!!"
    So, In your life all moments bring BAKRI ID for you....
  • Aaj Khuda ki hum par ho Meharbani,
    Karde maf hum logo ki sare Naformani,
    Eid Ka din aj aao milka kare yahi wada,
    Khuda ka hi raho mai hum chalange sada.

    Sare Musalman ko BAKRI ID MUBARAK

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The Jama Masjid area in Delhi is the best place to experience Bakri Id

Get to Old Delhi - preferably by 11am. Take a leisurely stroll through the Jama Masjid mosque and then start walking the back alleys. There are selected chowks were the sacrifices take place and it is an interesting/surreal experience - ask the locals to guide you towards the chowks. You need to have a strong stomach for sure. Even if you don't see a live sacrifice per se, the experience is still fantastic. Wrap up with a great Mughlai lunch if you in a mood to eat.

  • By: Ram7
  • On: 20 Mar 2009
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