What is Eid Al Adha or Eid ul Aza? When will Muslim celebrate Eid Al Adha 2016?

Eid Al Adha is one of the holiest celebrations on the Islamic calendar. The holiday known as the “Feast of Sacrifice” or ”Festival of the Sacrifice”, also called the “Bakr-Eid” represents the end of Hajj, an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia that lasts three to four days. The Holy Quran recommends all Muslims make the journey at least once in their lifetime.

What is Eid Al Adha?

Muslims celebrate this day as a reminder of the time in which Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son but was told by God to sacrifice an animal instead. The celebration symbolizes Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah.

When will Eid Al Adha start?

Up to 2 million Muslims from around the world arrived in Saudi Arabia for the start of Hajj this week. The start of Eid Al Adha is determined based on the lunar cycle, which means the festival falls on a different date every year. In 2016, it was expected to fall on Sunday, But the new moon was not spotted on Sept. 1 as expected and instead was spotted on the second day of the month. That means Eid Al Adha will start on Monday and end Tuesday, Metro UK reported.

How is Eid Al Adha celebrated?

Depending on where you are in the world, Eid Al Adha could be celebrated on a different day. For example, the Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court announced that it would celebrate the festival Monday, whereas other nations will celebrate Tuesday.

Eid al-Adha

Muslims start out the day with a morning prayer and then exchange gifts and food among family and friends. They are required to share their food and money with the poor so they can also take part in the celebrations. Worshippers typically slaughter an animal
like a goat or sheep. Close to 10 million animals are slaughtered in Pakistan on Eid.

For those who make the pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, they are expected to perform two rituals. The first is a lesser pilgrimage known as “Umrah,” or a journey to Mecca at any time of the year. The second is the main pilgrimage, known as “Hajj.” During
these rituals, worshippers are to circle the Kaaba, believed to be a shrine built by Ibrahim and pray to Allah.

The festival is traditionally four days long, but the celebration of the public holiday varies depending on the country.

Like Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha begins with a sunnah prayer of two rakats followed by a sermon (khutbah). Eid al-Adha celebrations start after the descent of the Hujjaj, the pilgrims performing the Hajj, from Mount Arafat , a hill east of Mecca. Eid sacrifice may take place until sunset on the 13th day of Dhu al-Hijjah.

Hajj 2016: Five-day pilgrimage begins on September 10

The 2016 Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca is a five-day ritual beginning on Saturday, September 10 and ending on the 15th.

Hajj is an annual piligrimage to Mecca for millions of Muslims from all over the world.

In 2016, Hajj, one of the world’s largest gatherings, is to begin on Saturday, September 10.

The dates of the pilgrimage were confirmed by Hajj authorities in Saudi Arabia on September 1 based on the sighting of the Moon.


Hajj 2016

On the third day of Hajj each year, Muslims celebrate the Eid al-Adha, Islam’s holiest festival.

In the Islamic calendar, Hajj begins on the eighth day of the Dhu al-Hijjah lunar month, and ends on the 13th day of Dhu al-Hijjah. The religious rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage, however, can be completed in five days.

For Muslims, the Hajj re-enacts the actions of the Prophet Muhammad in his “farewell pilgrimage” in AD632, and is a central pillar of the Islamic faith meant to cleanse the faithful of sin and bring them closer to God.

Muslim group helping reserves – Shipping needed food to First Nations

Needy families in two remote First Nations communities in Manitoba will be dining on steaks and chops thanks to observant Muslims in Winnipeg sharing their feast.

“In Islam when you give to charity you have to give the equivalent of what you provide your own children,” said Hussain Guisti with the Zubaidah Tallab Foundation. “And we feed our children steaks and lamb chops.”

The charitable foundation is shipping beef, lamb, goat and chicken to Shamattawa and Garden Hill, as well as potatoes, bread, carrots, milk, tea and sugar.

Guisti rounded up the donations from members of Winnipeg’s Muslim community to mark Eid al-Adha, the feast of sacrifice, to show gratitude to God and to provide for the poor and needy.

“It’s one of the most important holidays for Muslims around the world,” said Guisti.

Eid-al-Adha marks the conclusion of the Hajj, or pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Many Muslims who are not performing the Hajj celebrate by making charitable donations, visiting friends and family, and enjoying festive meals.

“Every able Muslim who can afford to is encouraged to sacrifice an animal and give a third to the poor and needy, a third to friends and relatives and a third to themselves and their families,” said Guisti.

This is the fourth year the foundation is delivering food to the needy up north. Perimeter Aviation is helping with the shipping, said Guisti. For the first time this year, they’re delivering to two First Nations. The groceries will be distributed to 200 of the most needy families in each community, said Guisti.

It means a lot to folks in Garden Hill, said band manager Arnold Flett.

“It means somebody took the effort to notice the needs of a remote community where prices are high and flying in groceries to the community is very expensive,” said Flett. “For somebody to do that — thinking of the children who will benefit from this — people will appreciate that.”

In places where jobs are few and poverty is high, many families struggle to make ends meet, Flett said. “The amount they get from social assistance for one month only covers not even half the month for groceries,” the band manager said. “They have to buy something that’s not very nutritional and it becomes a problem,” he said. “It leads to illness… and kids who are growing and not eating, they have problems,” he said. “They miss school,” and if they go, they have a hard time learning.

“Young families rely on the child tax credit — they wait for that. When it comes they have to pay bills,” said Flett.

A box of nutritious food and milk will be a very welcome gift to many families, said Flett.

“They’re thankful this is taking place — somebody out there understands and wants to give to the needy. Often the general public don’t realize the costs of things,” he said.

In the remote communities, a four-litre jug of milk costs around $13 and a loaf of bread costs $4, said Guisti.

“People don’t realize how much poverty there is,” he said. He’s met some families barely getting by. “One woman said ‘I have to ration the number of carrots I cook and potatoes I cook.’ ”

That should not be acceptable in a prosperous country like Canada, he said.

“Where are we living? Come on.”

By: Carol Sanders      carol.sanders@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press