From sunset on 8 July until 13 July, the Feast of Sacrifice is celebrated. This Islamic holiday is also celebrated in Egypt. Because many people want to travel to relatives or friends in Egypt for this celebration, visa applications can get delayed. Therefore, apply for your Egypt visa for Eid al-Adha well in advance.
The sacrifice of Ibrahim
During this multi-day feast, Muslims around the world celebrate the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj). The story of the sacrifice of Ibrahim, which is commemorated during Eid al-Adha, is recorded in both the Bible and the Qurʼan and reads as follows. Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) and his wife desperately wanted a son, and asked Allah to give him one. They were faithful followers of Allah and sacrificed every animal to him. Ibrahim promised Allah that in exchange for a son, he was even prepared to sacrifice that son for Allah one day. Thus, Allah fulfilled his wish and Ishmael was born, but Ibrahim was reminded of his promise in a dream. He had to sacrifice his son, and Ishmael thought they should do what Allah wanted. However, Allah was sufficiently convinced of Ibrahimʼs loyalty that He allowed them to sacrifice a sheep instead of Ishmael. They divided the animalʼs meat among the poor. Moreover, the place of pilgrimage in Mecca is the place where Ishmael and his father had built a house and to which Muslims go on pilgrimage.
The pilgrimage and the Feast of Sacrifice
It is still traditional to slaughter an animal in memory of the sacrifice of Ibrahim. Instead of a sheep, a goat, a camel, or a cow is usually sacrificed. This is done ritually, and the meat is then distributed, just as Ibrahim and Ishmael did, among family, neighbours, friends or the poor and homeless.
The feast of Sacrifice is only the final piece of the five-day ceremony. Prior to the feast, Muslims from all over the world make their pilgrimage to Mecca as pilgrims. All Muslims should make this journey at least once in their lifetime.
The Feast of Sacrifice in 2022
In recent years, much controversy has arisen over the religious slaughter ritual. According to the ritual, animals must be slaughtered without anaesthetisation, which is in principle not allowed in the UK. Usually animals need to be stunned before slaughter in the United Kingdom. Only Jewish and Muslim communities in the UK are exempt from that rule.
Apply for your Egypt visa on time
Because of Eid al-Adha, many people will travel to Egypt in the weekend between 7 and 13 July to celebrate the feast with family and friends. Due to the many visa applications, the average delivery time of 10 days can be a bit longer in the coming period. Are you planning to travel to Egypt soon? Even if you are not travelling for the Feast of Sacrifice, it is wise to apply for your visa well in advance. The visa is valid for 90 days from the moment it is granted. This means that you still have enough time to travel to Egypt if you receive your visa a week before your departure.