Muslims in the USA celebrate Eid-ul-Adha with religious zeal and devotion. Eid–ul-adha comes on the tenth of Dhu-al-Hijjah. The exact date of the eid is subject to moon sighting however the tentative date of Eid-ul-adha in the US is 31st of July 2020. This Eid comes as an integral part of Hajj.
This eid is commemorated to pay tribute to Hazrat Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son in the way of God. In order to please and submit to the will of God, Ibrahim (AS) sacrificed his son, but he was replaced by a lamb. In this way muslims around the world remember and pay tribute to this devotion and sacrifice of Ibrahim (AS).
Sheep, goats, and camels are slaughtered on the days of Eid-ul-Adha. You can find and read this incident is also mentioned in Holy Quran Chapter 37 verse no 102. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said that the best day of the world is the day of sacrifice. On this day you distribute meat among the poor and destitute. According to hadith, the first ten days of Dhu-al-Hijjah are very important because the good deeds performed in these days are the best in the eyes of God. Eid ul Adha is celebrated on the 10th of Dhu-al-Hajj and you can sacrifice from 10 to 13th of Dhu-al-Hajj before the sun set.
Eid-ul-Adha in The USA:
Muslims in the USA will also celebrate Eid-ul-Adha 2020 and will sacrifice animals.
Being a Muslim, the Sunnah of Holy Prophet (PBUH) is a perfect guideline for you.
On the day of eid you should wake up early in the morning, brush your teeth and try to wear your best clothes.
Before going for eid prayer, you should recite Takbeer-al Tashreeq as much as possible.
اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ لَا إلَهَ إلَّا اللَّهُ وَاَللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ وَلِلَّهِ الْحَمْد
Translation: Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest. There is no deity besides Allah and Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and all praises are for Allah only.
The celebrations will kick-start with the Eid prayer. In 2020 this event will be a bit different due to corona virus, because all the SOP’s have to be followed. You will see many muslims of different cultures and societies meeting and greeting each other. You will observe different aspects of religion and the philosophy behind this sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim being discussed in the eid lecture.
Social gatherings are going to be another important feature that you will observe in the US during Eid ul adha 2020. You will observe that it provides a crucial platform to all the members of the community to interact and promote love and harmony. In the US these gatherings are open for people of other communities as well. People share different cuisine of different cultures at particular community centers to add fun to this joyous occasion. You will observe diversity in this unity when people from different culture will wear their traditional dresses and offer their cuisines.
Sacrifice for Eid ul Adha 2020:
Sacrifice will be the most important ritual at the Eid ul adha 2020. The hadiths of Holy Prophet have laid strong emphasis on sacrifice.
The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said:
“Whoever can afford a sacrifice but does not offer it, let him not come near our prayer place”(Ibn e Majah)
The specific dates according to hadith during which sacrifice can be done are after the eid prayer on 10th of Dhu-al Hajj and before the sunset on 13th Dhu-al-Hajj.
The animals that you can sacrifice as per shariah law are goat, sheep, cattle and camels and it should be healthy and an adult.
Your sole intention should be to please God. According to Sahih Bukhari, you should slaughter the animal with your own hands. But if a person cannot perform it himself, he or she can appoint another person for this purpose.
On Eid e Qurban 2020, people will either sacrifice animals at some specific area or send money to their native countries to fund their sacrifice. Meat of the animals will be divided in three parts to be distributed among the needy and poor, relatives, and for personal use.
Bakra Eid 2020 and the Current Scenario:
Bakra eid 2020 is going to be a bit different than the previous years. In the current scenario, when Covid 19 pandemic has been a source of huge problem, the festivities of this occasion will not be the same. Keeping in view the current situation you should follow some of the important things mentioned below:
Health comes first and it should always be your top priority. By following the safety protocols you can save yourself and your family during these times. Use of the masks is very crucial. Washing hands and using sanitizers during your Eid meet and greet is another preventive measure and safety measure.
Order your dress and other essential stuff online. By ordering your dresses online you will not only save yourself from the looming threat of corona virus, but it will also save your time. You can also shop or invest your money for sacrifice on online platforms.
Stay connected with your loved ones:
You can stay connected with your loved ones through different social media apps as well as by keeping the gatherings small. By following all the SOP’s you can celebrate Eid ul Adha 2020 in a much better way.
Don’t forget the needy:
As mentioned earlier you can invest your money for sacrifice through different foundations that are reaching the needy people in different under developing countries. To support and share the burden of deserving people is necessary in order to follow the true message behind this festive occasion.
Take care of the elderly people of you family and community:
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, people of elderly age can face severe complications. You must take care of the elders, your parents and grand-parents that are above the age of 50 and have prior health conditions.
Plan different kinds of cuisines:
For Eid ul Adha 2020 you should plan different kinds of healthy cuisine for yourself and your family. Learn different new dishes in your menu list. Use creative ideas to bring novelty in your food. Follow different recipes on internet.
So Eid ul Adha 2020 in the US is going to be different than the previous years. But you can celebrate this Eid in the best possible way by following the sunnah and by helping others.