The two festivals which are immensely celebrated by all the muslims in the world includes Eid-ul-fitr and Eid-ul-Adha. Eid-ul-Adha is also known as eid of sacrifice or the greater eid. This eid is celebrated after two months and ten days of celebrating Eid-ul-fitr.
Both the festivals are of great importance for muslims as they are considered the gifts of Allah to the followers of holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). While Eid-ul-fitr is a prize for muslims from Allah for fasting for one month of Ramzan Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated to commemorate the sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim.
In this sunnah Prophet Ibrahim has showed his willingness to sacrifice his own son Hazrat Ismail in order to show his shear obedience to however Allah (SWT) intervened between the two put a ram in place of Hazrat Ismail. It was a test for him from God and he had successfully passed it.
That is why it is obligatory for muslims to sacrifice an animal on Eid-ul-Adha to show their obedience towards Allah. The animals which can be slaughtered includes all halal male animals and a female can also be slaughtered if she is not expecting or lactating her babies however a female animal can only be slaughtered if there is no other option left or the person going to sacrifice animal for the willingness of Allah (SWT).
The day of Eid-ul-Adha begins with offering eid prayer and then ritual of slaughtering of animal begins once the meet is to be distributed one should immediately send it to the houses of those who could not afford to sacrifice for those.
The distribution of the meet should be made in a manner that one third of it should be kept for the family and the other one third should be distributed in relatives and friends who could not offer the sacrifice this year and the remaining one third is distributed amongst poor, orphans and needy people.
Eid-ul-Adha is a sacred festival but unfortunately with the passage of time the nature of the festival is becoming more ostentatious than religious as many people having a habit of not missing a chance off showing off their wealth consider Eid-ul-Adha as another chance of showing their wealth.
They buy the costliest and the most beautiful animal not to show their obedience to Allah (SWT) but to show his wealth to the people however sacrifice of such nature is accepted by Allah and it does not add anything to his list of good deeds being made for the day of judgment instead the is added to the list of his sins.
Because the sacrifice should be made only for a sole reason of willingness of Allah that is why a man recites Takbeer (Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar La ilaha illalah) by doing so a man accepts that that sacrifice is being made in the name of Allah (SWT) and reciting takbeer is wajib on each and every man while offering his sacrifice to Allah (SWT).
Eid is a gift from Allah and we celebrate it in the best way possible by slaughtering best of the animal we can afford and by wearing best of our clothes and accessories but with all these things what is more important is to submit ourselves completely to the command of Allah (SWT) and to take care of those who are not wealthy enough to celebrate the festival as it should be celebrate so on this eid share your happiness, your wealth, your food, your love and your blessings with those who are not living as privileged life as yours because each and every thing that you will spend on others for the willingness of Allah (SWT) will be counted on the day of judgment.