Stories about Eidul Azha

10 types of people you’re bound to come across on Bakra Eid

What does Eidul Azha stand for? What does it signify? While the politically correct answer to it would be “the spirit of sacrifice”, we all know that’s not true. For a good majority, this Eid is all about food, meat and barbeque parties – and I am part of that majority, staying true to the foodie that I am. However, foodies aren’t the only sort of people you come across this Eid. The range of characters one bumps into is staggering, and here are the 10 types of people we usually come across on Bari Eid. 1. The annoying kids Their only ...

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Evolving traditions: Online bakra shopping and a ruined childhood

During Eidul Azha, Muslims venerate Prophet Ibrahim’s (PBUH) utter submission to God, in his willingness to sacrifice his son, Hazrat Ismail (AS), when he was commanded to do so.  The “Festival of Sacrifice” is, indeed, a celebration of Prophet Ibrahim’s (PBUH) steadfastness in his faith, as well as, an occasion for Muslims to renew their resolve to follow his tradition. Thus, Muslims sacrifice an animal on Eidul Azha. The sacrifice is commemorated by sharing one-third of the meat with the poor, while the rest of it goes to the holiday feast. That’s what the adults are concerned with. Children have always ...

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No Eid meal is complete without our world famous mutton pulao!

Muslims all over the world are celebrating Eidul Azha this weekend. Every household has its own Eid traditions in Pakistan. Those of us who live away from Pakistan try to continue those traditions to ensure our kids stay connected to our culture. Eidul Azha, or Bari Eid as it is called in Pakistan, is centred around food and family. This Eid is a bit more stressful because of the involvement of qurbani or animal sacrifice. Those who are in charge of qurbani at home understand the preparation needed to buy animals for this ritual and arrange for the help needed for ...

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Why sacrificing animals on Eidul Azha is a good ritual

Is everyone noticing the drastic reduction in the number of houses from which the familiar bleating sounds of goats and the authoritarian moo of cows can be heard this year? If television reports are to be believed, there are more animals available in the market for sacrifice than there are buyers. The reasons are many, and some of them are valid. Exorbitant asking prices of sellers are one. The portion you get in a cow is as expensive now as a goat used to be. Not every region of Pakistan is culturally attuned to beef, which remains the more economical ...

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Is your bakra a terrorist?

A week ago or so you were perhaps meandering in the bakra mandi; looking for the perfect specimen to take home. You inspected 20 plus bakras, clutched each animal’s jaw to find out if your bakra-to-be has two or four teeth and sturdy horns – sharp enough to butcher other bakras in the mandi. You inquired about the weight of half a dozen cows, and went to check out that one camel in the neighbourhood also. After loitering around, you finally got down to business, put on your crafty airs and negotiated a deal. You walked out of the mandi with a strong looking, cinnamon dusted bakra. As you ...

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This Eid, trust Raja and his goat

“Abba, when are we going to get our goat? It’s so close to Eid now.” Majeed’s three children excitedly ran up to him as soon as he stepped into the house. Over the past two weeks, their insistence for a qurbani (sacrifice) animal had gained momentum.  “Yes, we’ll get it soon enough. Let me catch my breath first.” Majeed replied as he slumped into the sofa in the simply furnished family room. “But Abba, it’s getting very late,” Sameer, his 14-year-old son sat at his feet. “My friend Amjad was telling me that the animals are getting very expensive.” “Yes, my friend Gul was saying the same thing,” added ...

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This Morroccan tagine and 2-minute bread pudding will have you wishing this Eid lasts forever

Hajj for most, as they say, is a life changing experience.  And I can vouch for this myself as well. Four years ago, when Mr A and I decided to venture for this concrete  pillar, we realised how it was  a combination of all the other pillars together, where you believe in Tauheed (oneness of Allah), perform salah (prayer), fasting and zakat (charity) in some form or the other. With all the blessings, tears, inner resolve and strength, our 10-day trip was not without its frivolities. It was certainly a life changing experience when Mr A and I in full ...

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16 facts you didn’t know about Ho Mann Jahaan

Pakistani cinema is on the verge of revival as more and more talented directors and film-makers prove their mettle in the field. Asim Raza’s debut project, Ho Mann Jahaan is one such movie we should keep an eye out for. Currently in the making, unlike many other movies in Lollywood, this film does not focus on politics. Based on the relationship dynamics between three friends, it is going to be the perfect epitome of an entertaining yet meaningful Lollywood flick.

I got the chance to meet the cast and crew of this much-awaited movie and tried my best to get as much ...

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A new step for American Muslims

New York mayor, Bill de Blasio, announced on March 4 that two Muslim holidays, Eidul Azha, also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, and Eidul Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramazan, will become a school holiday starting in 2016. It was joyful news and many American Muslims were cheerfully sharing it and trying to find out if they could request the same thing in their state. However, when I checked social news websites, I was very disappointed with the bigotry expressed in the comments sections. Actually, it is everywhere. Nothing felt right after the Paris ...

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There is no difference between Christmas and Eid

Tis’ the season to be jolly! December always comes with great tidings; winter chills, hot chocolate, numerous holidays and an opportunity to make new resolutions. And along all this, it also brings the joyful day of Christmas. This day is an embodiment of religious beliefs, which celebrates a miraculous event and a time of togetherness. Two billion Christians all over the world celebrate this day with great spirit and felicity. As a child, the idea of Christmas for me was all about decorating Christmas trees, receiving presents and Santa stuffing himself down a chimney. I used to be most excited about meeting Santa ...

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