Bakrid in Assam - Embracing faith,togetherness and act of kindness

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Published: June 28,2023 02:36 PM
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Bakrid, also known as Eid al-Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice, is an important festival celebrated by Muslim people worldwide. In this article, we will explore how Bakrid is celebrated in the beautiful

Celebrating Bakrid/Eid al-Adha in Assam : Traditions and Festivites



Bakrid, also known as Eid al-Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice, is an important festival celebrated by Muslim people worldwide. In this article, we will explore how Bakrid is celebrated in the beautiful state of Assam, India. As the festival approaches on 29th June 2023, let's discover the customs and celebrations that make this occasion special for the Assamese Muslim community.



 



The Essence of Bakrid:



Bakrid is a festival that remembers the story of Ibrahim (Abraham) and his willingness to sacrifice his son as a sign of obedience to Allah. Instead of sacrificing his son, Allah provided a lamb, teaching the importance of faith, devotion, and following God's will.



 



Preparations and Fasting:



Before Bakrid, Assamese Muslims spiritually prepare themselves and reflect on their beliefs. Many also observe fasting during the month of Ramadan leading up to Bakrid. Fasting means not eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset. It helps purify the soul, practice self-discipline, and understand the struggles of others.



 



Animal Sacrifice:



An important tradition of Bakrid is the sacrifice of an animal, usually a goat, sheep, or camel. In Assam, Muslims choose healthy animals a few days before the festival. They follow Islamic guidelines for selecting the animals, and the meat is shared with family, friends, and those in need.



 



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Community Prayers:



On the day of Bakrid, Assamese Muslims gather in mosques or open spaces for group prayers called Eid Salah. An Imam leads the prayers, and the sermon focuses on love, compassion, and unity. These prayers bring the community together, seeking blessings and expressing gratitude.



 



Festive Celebrations:



Bakrid is a time for joyful celebrations and exchanging greetings. Families and friends come together to share special meals and sweets. Traditional Assamese dishes and delicious treats like biryani, kebabs, and sheer khurma are prepared and enjoyed. People wear new clothes, visit relatives, and give gifts.



 



Acts of Kindness:



Bakrid encourages acts of kindness and generosity. Assamese Muslims actively participate in charitable actions by distributing meat to those in need. Many individuals and organizations organize initiatives to ensure that everyone can enjoy a delicious meal and be part of the festivities.



 



Conclusion:



Bakrid holds great significance for the Assamese Muslim community in Assam. The festival combines religious practices with a sense of togetherness, charity, and celebration. As we approach Bakrid on 29th June 2023.