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On one fateful night, the Prophet Ibrahim experienced a vivid dream-vision. In the dream, God Almighty appeared before Ibrahim and commanded him to sacrifice his beloved son Ismail as an act of obedience and submission.
As Ibrahim’s devotion to God was nothing short of absolute, he took Ismail to the top of Mount Arafah and braced himself to make the ultimate sacrifice. But just as he was about to slaughter Ismail, the archangel Jibril appeared before the patriarch with a ram in tow. Jibril then revealed that Ibrahim’s faith had been vindicated and that the ram was to be sacrificed as a ransom for his son.
Reflecting on Ibrahim’s obedience, devotion and submission, Muslims around the world have since honoured Eid Adha as the Day of Sacrifice. As we draw nearer to the commemoration of this inspiring event, here are the dates, calendar and guide to celebrating Eid ul Adha 2024.
When is Eid ul Adha 2024?
The date for Eid al-Adha in 2024 will be determined by the sighting of the new moon in Dhul-Hijjah, which is the twelfth and final month of the Islamic calendar. The crescent moon is expected to be visible on Monday, 1 June, which will mark the beginning of Dhul-Hijjah if the moon is sighted on that day. The tenth day of Dhul-Hijjah is always observed as Eid al-Adha, so the date for Eid ul Adha 2024 will be determined by the sighting of the crescent moon on 1 June or the following day.
Eid ul Adha date 2024
As of now, it is expected that Eid ul Adha will be celebrated on Monday, 17 June next year. However, the date may be subject to change based on the sighting of the Dhul Hijjah moon in the year 1445.
Eid ul Adha holds great significance for Muslims, as it commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion and submission to Allah. It is an occasion for Muslims to reflect on their own faith and devotion to Allah and to seek His blessings and guidance to improve their lives. By participating in Eid ul Adha celebrations, Muslims reaffirm their commitment to following the path of righteousness and strive to become better human beings.
How is Eid Adha celebrated?
Eid ul-Adha is a significant public holiday celebrated in the Islamic world and in countries where Islam is recognized as a major religion. This observance symbolizes Ibrahim’s obedience and is observed irrespective of nationality, ethnicity, or locality. Although the manner of celebration may differ depending on the region, sacrificing an animal such as a cow, sheep, lamb, goat, ram, or even camel is typically involved.
The meat acquired from the sacrifice is divided according to specific rules. The person or family who provided the animal is entitled to keep one-third of the meat, while another third is distributed among friends and relatives. The remaining third is given to those who are less fortunate and in need.
By participating in the Feast of Sacrifice, Muslims show their willingness to submit to the will of the Creator, not only through animal sacrifice but also through acts of charity. Muslims with financial means often donate money, food, and clothing to the homeless and poor during Eid ul-Adha. This act of generosity and kindness serves as a reminder to Muslims of the importance of being charitable and compassionate towards others, especially those who are less fortunate.
Though not as extensive as the celebrations of Eid ul Fitr, Muslims still take advantage of the occasion to dress up, visit family and friends, and exchange gifts.