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Why is goat slaughtered on the festival of eid?

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Submitted by hassan (Morocco), Jun 1, 2018 at 20:01

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Your original question is : Why is goat slaughtered on the festival of eid?

Allow me to first wish all Muslims Eid Al Adha Mubarak all over the world.

May Allah bless your sacrifices abundantly and brings wisdom that you continue to choose path of non-violence and peace.

Eid al-Adha is the Festival of the Sacrifice, also called the "Sacrifice Feast" or "Bake-Eid", is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two.

It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of submission to God's command, before God then intervened through his angel Jibra'il (Gabriel) and informs him that his sacrifice has already been accepted.

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, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy.

Why Goat?
Koran tells how Allah demanded that Ibrahim sacrifice his first son, Ishmael, in an act of subservience to his god.

According to the Koran, Ibrahim was wrought with indecision but resolved to do Allah's bidding - and even put the dilemma to Ishmael himself, who said the right thing to do was slaughter him.

However, as Ibrahim slashed the throat of his son he found that an angel had replaced Ishmael with a goat.

The animal sacrifices still carried out today are meant to symbolize and celebrate Allah's act of mercy.

It is my sincere wish the enemies of the world, ISIS, who are slaughtering Man, mostly Muslims, stop.

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