Eid Mubarak Wishes, Greeting and Quotes to Say on Eid al-Adha

Millions of Muslims across the U.S. and some 1.8 billion around the world will begin celebrating Eid al-Adha on Tuesday and Wednesday, commemorating the Prophet Abraham's dedication to Allah (or God).

Dr. Ebrahim Moosa, a professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana explained to Newsweek that the holiday also coincides with the annual hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Muslim worshippers circumambulate around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on August 17 prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

"Eid al-Adha is the celebration at the culmination of the pilgrimage (hajj) which is an obligation—one of the five pillars of Islam—[for] every Muslim who is able to perform it and afford it," Moosa said.

The pilgrimage, Muslims believe, retraces the actions of the Prophet Abraham—whom Jews and Christians also revere—and his family, including rituals that are reminders of the "trials and tribulations" they faced.

"The Eid is the vicarious celebration of the end of that pillar of Islam, which pilgrims complete in Mecca," said Moosa.

During the Eid, Muslims get together with friends and family to enjoy a large meal, traditionally eating lamb or goat.

A family picnic in Burgess Park during the first day of Eid al-Adha celebrations on September 1, 2017, in London, England. Rob Stothard/Getty Images

For those who want to congratulate their Muslim neighbors, friends or colleagues on the holiday, here are some wishes, greetings and quotes you can share.

The most common and basic greeting during the holiday is "Eid Mubarak," which means "blessed Eid" or "have a blessed holiday." Appropriate responses include "khair mubarak," which returns the warm wishes to the person who greeted you, and "jazak Allah khair," which is a way of saying thank you, but translates literally to "may Allah reward you with goodness."

Here are some longer, friendly and warm messages you can use to greet Muslim associates, compiled by Metro News.

"May Allah bring you joy, happiness, peace and prosperity on this blessed occasion. Wishing you and your family on this happy occasion of Eid! Eid Mubarak!"

A young Palestinian girl flies a helium balloon near the Dome of the Rock at al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city on the first day of Eid al-Adha on August 21. During the Eid, Muslims get together with friends and family to enjoy a large meal, traditionally eating lamb or goat. AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images

"May Allah's blessings be with you today and always. Eid al-Adha Mubarak!"

"Sending you warm wishes on Eid and wishing that it brings your way ever joys and happiness. Remember me in your prayers."

"My wish for you on this Eid, my peace and joy embrace your life, and stay on this blessed day and always, Eid al-Adha Mubarak!"

"In every shared smile and laughter; In every silent prayer answered; In every opportunity that comes your way—may Allah bless you immensely! Eid Mubarak."

"May the divine blessings of Allah bring you hope, faith, and joy on Eid al-Adha and forever. Happy Eid al-Adha!"