Muslims around the world celebrate this day with great pomp and show.Mosques are decorated with bright lights and other decorations.It is a time of forgiveness within the Muslim community and a time for strengthening of bonds among relatives and friends.
After much deliberation and many hindrances out forward by Satan, Abraham decided to sacrifice his son by placing him under the knife.
However, just before he was about to sacrifice his son, God appeared, happy with Abraham's intentions.
The day is a public holiday in most parts of the world.
People can be seen burning fire crackers at night and remembering God.
Muslims wake up early in the morning to offer their prayers before sunrise. An important tradition of the day is sacrificing a goat in the name of God.
This is done to remember the sacrificial intentions of Abraham towards Allah.The roots of this tradition lie in the fact that a goat or a sheep was very important in the life of humans in the olden days for rearing and other purposes.People of all ages wear new clothes and exchange gifts on this day.During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset and perform religious duties, such as reading the Quran.All Muslims are required to fast, with the exception of children who have not reached puberty, the feeble elderly, the sick whose health is likely to be severely affected by fasting, expectant mothers, and women nursing their children.Women who are menstruating can take a maximum of 10 days off.However, they must make up for each day taken off, at another time. The tithes are usually paid according to amounts stipulated by the Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS).Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic.Hari Raya Haji is celebrated on the 10th day of the last month of the Islamic Calendar.The day is celebrated to commemorate the sacrifice of Ishamel by Abraham.According to the story in Quran, the religious book of the Muslims, Prophet Abraham was tested by God.