Eid al Adha in Saudi Arabia, UAE on Tuesday Aug 21; Arafat Day on Aug 20
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Eid al Adha will be celebrated on Tuesday August 21, 2018 whereas Youme Arafat (also known as Youme Arafah), will be on Monday August 20, 2018, the Saudi Supreme Court announced after the Dhul Hijjah moon is sighted today on Saturday August 11, corresponding to 29th of Dhulka’edah 1439 AH.

“The Supreme Court declared here tonight, following holding a hearing session, that today Saturday, the 29th day of the month of Dhu-AlQa’dah, is the last and sealing day of the month and, consequently, Sunday shall be the first day of Dhul al-Hijjah, for this year 1439 AH”, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.

The Eid Al Adha holiday will last for 11 days in Saudi this year.

Soon after Saudi Supreme Court’s announcement, United Arab Emirates (UAE) also announced first day of Eid al Adha on August 21, simultaneously declaring a week-long holiday.

Eid al Adha is celebrated on 10th of Dhul Hijjah and the climax of Haj ritual – Youme Arafah, the standing on the Plains of Arafat is held on a day before on 9th of Dhul Hijjah.

07:30 pm Makkah TimeΒ The Royal Court in Saudi Arabia and moon sighting committees in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar and other Gulf States have begun their scheduled meetings after Maghrib prayers today i.e. Saturday August 11, 2018, corresponding to 29th of Dhulka’edah 1439 AH.

The meetings in the respective countries is being held to ascertain if the new moon of the holy month of Dhul Hijjah (also pronounced Zul Hijja) is seen anywhere in the region.

Eid al Adha is celebrated on 10th of Dhul Hijjah and the climax of Haj ritual – Youme Arafah, the standing on the Plains of Arafat is held on a day before on 9th of Dhul Hijjah..

A formal announcement in this regard is expected by shortly.

05:30 pm Makkah TimeΒ The Royal Court in Saudi Arabia and moon sighting committees in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar and other Gulf States have scheduled a meeting shortly after Maghrin prayers today i.e. Saturday August 11, 2018, corresponding to 29th of Dhulka’edah 1439 AH.

The meetings in the respective countries will be held to ascertain if the new moon of the holy month of Dhul Hijjah (also pronounced Zul Hijja) is seen anywhere in the region. Eid al Adha is celebrated on 10th of Dhul Hijjah and the climax of Haj ritual – Youme Arafah, the standing on the Plains of Arafat is held on a day before on 9th of Dhul Hijjah.

A formal announcement in this regard is expected by 07:30 pm Makkah time.

12:15 pm Makkah TimeΒ The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia and the moon sighting committees in United Arab Emirate (UAE), Oman, Qatar and other Arab states have called upon the Muslims to witness Crescent – the new moon of the Holy month of Dhul Hijjah (also pronounced Zul Hijjah), today on Saturday August 11, 2018 corresponding to 29th of Dhulka’edah 1439 AH to decide when Eid al Adha will be celebrated this year.

Eid al Adha – second holiest festival of Muslims ariund the wrodl also coincides with annual Hajj ritual i.e. pilgrimage to Makkah. The Dhul Hijjah moon if sighted today will also decide when Hajj 2018 i.e. Youm e Arafat 2018 (Youme Arafah) will be obsereved.

Youm e Arafat 2018 (Youme Arafah) is 9th day of Dhul Hijjah when more than 2.5 million Muslims from around the world will gather on the plains of Mount Arafat to perform Hajj.

On the other hand, Eid al Adha is celebrated all around the world on 10th of Dhul Hijjah – the month revered as one of the holiest months is the Islamic calendar.

In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Supreme Court had on Friday asked whoever sights the Crescent Moon by the naked eyes or binoculars β€œto report to the nearest court and register his testimony” or report to the nearest center that can help him reach the nearest court.

“If the new moon is sighted today i.e. August 11, 2018 corresponding to 29th of Dhulka’edah 1439 AH, that means the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah has begun, and the first day of Eid al Adha will be celebrated on August 21, 2018”, the statement issued by the Royal Court of Saudi Arabia read.

“Accordingly, Youm e Arafat 2018 (Youme Arafah) which falls on 9th of Dhul Hijjah will be on August 20, 2018”, it said.

“If there is no new moon today, Eid festivities will begin on August 22, 2018, as the holiday is always celebrated on the 10th day of that Islamic month and Youm e Arafat 2018 (Youme Arafah) will be on August 21, 2018”, the statement added. Traditionally, the festival lasts for four days but public holidays vary from country to country.

Muslims in Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Kuwait, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Russia, United States, Britain and other countries will also decide today when Eid al Adha 2018 will be celebrated in these countries.

Haj and Eid al Adha ( also known as Bakra Eid, Eid ul Azha and Eid uz Zuha in the Indian subcontinent) are celebrated to commemorate the sacrifices made by Prophet Ibrahim, his noble wife Hager and their son Prophet Ismael (peace be upon all of them).

Turkey had in the last year announced that Turkey will observe a nine-day public holiday for Eid, known in Turkey as Qurban Bayram. Likewise, UAE, Kuwait, Pakistan and Bangladesh also celebrated a nine-day public holiday in 2017. In India and the Philippines also Eid al Adha is declared a public holiday.

In India and Pakistan, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will meet tomorrow i.e. Sunday August 12, 2018 to decide about the sighting of the Dhul Hajjah moon.

Decision on Muslim festivals Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha is based on lunar system. As per this system, the first day of a new month is decided if moon is sighted on 29th day of the preceding month.

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