The Saudi Supreme Court has confirmed that Eid Al-Adha will begin on September 12, 2016 this year. So, if you need to take some time off of work, now is the time to start putting in those requests, people!
And just in case you were a weeeee bit concerned about how you were going to have to explain to your friends who aren’t Muslim why you are celebrating a holiday on 9/11, you can now breathe a sigh of relief! (Thank God for small things, like the span of 24 hours, right?)
And just in case you were a weeeee bit concerned about how you were going to have to explain to your friends who aren’t Muslim why you are celebrating a holiday on 9/11, you can now breathe a sigh of relief! tweet
For those of you not sure if this date is correct, it has also been confirmed that the Fiqh Council of North America, as well as the European Council of Fatwa and Research, will also follow the Eid date determined by the Saudi Supreme Court.
What exactly is Eid Al-Adha?
It’s a day that commemorates when prophet Abraham followed the instructions of God by sacrificing an animal. I know, something is missing, right? Initially, Abraham was to sacrific his son, but when God saw that both Abraham and his son were loyal and steadfast to his honor, God came in and basically said to sacrifice the animal instead. So, Al-Adha, which means sacrifice, became a day of remembrance for all who honor and obey the commandment of God.
How do we know when Eid Al-Adha begins?
It’s determined by the viewing of the moon, for one. Also, Eid Al-Adha normally falls on the 10th day of the Dhu Al-Hijjah lunar month. If that is still unclear for you, it is the third day of the Hajj pilgrimage. So, each year it falls on a different day. Traditionally it is celebrated for three days, but different countries may have their own length of festivities.
We here at Muslim Girl wish you a beautiful Eid Al-Adha. God willing you will spend and create great memories with your families and friends this year. Please don’t forget to welcome the Muslim converts/reverts from your community into your homes in order to feel the love of this special time of year. And more importantly, don’t forget to continue to give to those in need.