Dubai: Eid al-Adha, a Islamic festival of over 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, will be celebrated across the State on Oct 16.
Eid shopping has reached a feverish pitch across the State ahead of the festival which falls on Wednesday.
According to the Muslim tradition, a devout Muslim can offer a goat or sheep as a sacrificial animal, as part of the celebration.
Muslims around the world offer animal sacrifice on Eid-ul-Azha, also called Bakr Eid, to commemorate the sacrifice offered by Prophet Abrahim.
Allah ordered Abrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail. When the blindfolded father moved the blade on his son's throat to carry out the divine command, a sheep from heaven replaced Ismail.
It is to celebrate the absolute submission of Prophet Abrahim to Allah's command and the saving of Ismail's life that Muslims offer animal sacrifices on Eid-ul-Azha.