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Estimated: Sunday, July 10, 2022
Eid-ul-Adha 2022 or Barka Eid 2022 is expected to be celebrated on Sunday, 10th of July 2022. This is the tentative date as the actual date is contingent on the sighting of the moon of Dhul Hijjah, 1443, the 12th and last month of the Islamic Calendar.
What is Eid al Adha?
Eid ul Adha is a festival celebrated among Muslims all over the world in remembrance of the sacrifice that Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) made out of his strong faith in Allah.
Ibrahim (AS) showed a willingness to sacrifice his son Prophet Ismail (A.S.) but his son was replaced with a lamb by Allah. Allah was so pleased with Ibrahim’s (A.S.) submission to Him that He made this demonstration of sacrifice and faith a permanent part of a Muslim’s life. This event is mentioned in Quran – Surah As-Saffat (37:102).
Hence, every year on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid ul Azha. On this day, Muslims slaughter a lamb, sheep, goat or a camel to honor the sacrifice of Ibrahim (AS).
Both Eid ul Fitr and Eid Al-Adha have great significance in Islam as the same is evident from the following Hadith of Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W.):
“Allah has given you better than those feasts (festivals of non-believers): the ‘Eid-ul-Adha’ and ‘Eid-ul-Fitr.’”
Fasting on Eid al-Adha and Eid ul-Fitr are strictly forbidden as the same is obvious from the following Hadith of our beloved Prophet (S.A.W.):
“No fasting is permissible on the two days of Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha.”
(Sahih Bukhari: 1995).
First 10 days of Dhul Hijjah
Dhul Hijjah is one of the four sacred months of the Islamic Calendar and the first 10 days of this month are the days that are selected by Allah as the best days of the year.
(Surah At Taubah 9:36)
(Sahih Bukhari: 3197)
(Surah Al-Fajr 89:1-2)
1- There are many Hadiths and Quranic Ayahs which show great emphasis on doing good deeds during these blessed days. Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W.) said:
“No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Dhul Hijja).’”
(Sahih Bukhari: 969)
2- Rituals of Hajj are started during the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah (from 8th to 13th).
3- Fasting on the day of Arafah (9th Dhul Hijjah) is a confirmed Sunnah of our beloved prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) but only for those who are not performing Hajj. Fasting on this day is rewarded with the forgiveness of Allah for the sins of the previous and following year. (Ibn Majah: 1731)
4- Eid al Adha is celebrated during these 10 days (10th Dhul Hijjah) and animals are sacrificed on these days (10th to 13th).
5- Days of Tashriq start on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah (9th to 13th) and these are days of eating and drinking. During the days of Tashriq, it is necessary for every Muslim (male or female, whether praying in the congregation or alone) to say the Takbir (Takbirs of Tashriq) immediately after each obligatory (fard) prayer from the Fajr Prayer on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah to the Asr Prayer on the 13th of Dhul Hijjah. Thus, these Takbirs last 5 days with 23 prayers in total.
Celebration of Eid al Adha
Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al Adha for two to four days (depending on the country). However, there are some Sunnah that every Muslim should follow while celebrating this great festival.
Sunnahs of Eid al Adha and Eid Prayer
1- Wake up early in the morning.
2- Clean your teeth with Miswak or a brush.
3- Take a bath.
4- You should wear your best clothes on this day.
5- Apply perfume.
6- Refrain from eating before the Eid prayer.
7- Recite the Takbir of Tashriq in a loud voice while going for Eid prayer.
اَللهُ أَكْبَرُ ، اَللهُ أَكْبَرُ، اَللهُ أَكْبَرُ، لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ ، وَاللهُ أَكْبَرُ، اَللهُ أَكْبَرُ، وَلِلَّهِ الْحَمْدُ
Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, Allahu akbar laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, wa Allaahu akbar, Allaah akbar, wa Lillaah il-hamd
(Allah is Most Great, Allaah is most Great, Allah is most Great there is no god but Allaah, Allaah is Most great, Allaah is most great, and to Allaah be praise) (Irwa Al Ghalil: 3 / 125)
8- Listen to Sermon (Khutba) after offering Eid prayer. (An-Nasai: 1517)
9- Use different ways while going to the mosque and returning after offering Eid Prayer. (Sahih Bukhari: 986).
The scholars differed concerning the ruling on Eid prayers. However, all Muslims should attend the prayers of both Eids as most scholars, on the basis of strong evidence, is of opinion that it is Wajib (obligation). Apart from prayer, the Eid sermon (after Eid Prayer) has also been made an integral part of this gathering and the prayer.
1- The time for Eid Prayer begins from the time the sun is three meters above the horizon until the sun reaches its meridian. However, it is better to offer the prayer in the early hours after sunrise. (Abu Dawud: 1135)
2- Eid Prayer is performed without any ‘Iqmah’ or ‘Athan’. [Sahih Muslim: 885 (b)]
3- Eid prayer consists of two Rak’at (Two Unit Prayer) during which Tabkeer (Allah-u-Akbar) is announced seven times. (Abu Dawud: 1149)
4- The rest of the Eid prayer is the same as other prayers offered daily.
5- After completing the prayer, it is Sunnah (some scholars say that it is Wajib) to listen to the Sermon (Khutbah) after Eid Prayer. So one should stay for Imam’s sermon to end after completing the Eid Prayer.
After listening to the sermon, Muslims congratulate each other with greetings such as ‘Eid Mubarak’, ‘Happy Eid, and عيد مبارك etc. However, the most common Eid Greeting Muslims like to wish their friends and fellow Muslims with ‘Eid Mubarak’.
Sacrifice of Animal
The sacrifice of animal or Qurbani on the day of Eid al Adha is a confirmed Sunnah of not only Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) but also of our beloved Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W.). However, some scholars are of the opinion that it is ‘Wajib’ (obligatory).
Sacrificing cattle in the way of Allah is a great act of worship. It brings the person offering the sacrifice close to Allah.
Abu Hurairah (R.A.) reported that Prophet (S.A.W.) said:
“Whoever can afford it [sacrifice], but does not offer a sacrifice, let him not come near our prayer place.”
(Ibn Majah: 3123)
The Hadith clearly mentions the importance of sacrificing in the way of Allah. It also includes a warning for those Muslims who have the means to offer a sacrifice on Eid ul Adha but don’t do so due to some worldly reason or lame excuse.
Rules of Sacrifice
Anyone who intends to slaughter an animal on Eid ul Adha has to follow certain rules which are given below:
1- Sacrifice of an animal for Eid al Adha can only be done during the specified dates i-e After Eid Prayer (10th of Dhul Hijjah) and before sunset of 13th Dhul Hijjah. Whoever does not follow these dates must know that their sacrifice will not be valid if it is not offered between the 10th – 13th Dhul Hijjah. (Sahih Bukhari: 5545 and Sahih Muslim: 1141)
2- The animal to be sacrificed has to be one of the cattle approved by the Shariah, which are; Camels, Cattle, Sheep, and Goat. (Surah Hajj 22:34 and Surah Al-Anaam 6:143)
3- A sheep or goat is used as a single offering and is sufficient for one household whereas a camel or a cow can be shared by seven people. [Sahih Muslim: 1318(a) and 1961(a)]
4- The animal to be sacrificed has to be an adult and should have reached the age stipulated in Shariah.
Goat, either male or female, of at least one year of age.
Sheep, either male or female, of at least six months of age.
Cow, ox, buffalo of at least two years of age.
Camel, male or female, of at least five years of age.
5- The animal must be a healthy one and should be free from obvious defects. (Saheeh Al-Jami: 886)
6- The person offering should only have one intention i-e sacrificing in the name of Allah. The animal to be sacrificed must be in the person’s full possession (it is not stolen or taken by force or in joint procession or held in pledge).
7- The person who intends to offer sacrifice should not remove any hair, nail or skin from the sunset on the last day of Dhul Qadah until the sacrifice is done on the day of Eid. (Ibn Majah: 3150)
8- The person should slaughter the animal with his own hands in order to fulfill the Sunnah. However, if one is not able to do so then he can appoint someone else to do the same on his behalf but one should witness his slaughter/sacrifice. (Sahih Bukhari: 5554)
9- The person should mention the name of Allah and recite Takbeer (Bismillah, Allahu Akbar) at the time of slaughtering the animal. (Sahih Bukhari: 5558)
10- Many scholars are of the opinion that the meat of the sacrificed animal should be divided into three parts. One-third for the person (and his family) who is offering the sacrifice, one third should be distributed among the relatives/neighbors as a gift and one third should be given in charity to poor people.
11- All parts of the sacrificed animal can be used for personal benefit but none can be sold or given as payment (even to the butcher as his wage) otherwise, the sacrifice will become invalid. (Sahih Al-Jami: 6118)
Enjoy this festival by thanking Allah for His blessings and for providing you the opportunity to fulfill this great Sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S). But don’t forget your under-privileged fellow Muslim brother and sisters who don’t have the means to celebrate this blessed festival.
Also, remember us and all Muslim Ummah in your Duas on this special occasion of Eid.