Muslim Religious Leaders Confirm Eid ul-Adha Date: Know the Dates, Rituals, History and More!

The eagerly awaited Eid ul-Adha festivities are on the horizon, slated for June 17 across the nation. This confirmation comes following the endorsement of esteemed religious figures and the successful sighting of the moon in various regions.

Written by  Prerit Chauhan   |  June 10th 2024 03:09 PM  |  Updated: June 10th 2024 03:10 PM

Muslim Religious Leaders Confirm Eid ul-Adha Date: Know the Dates, Rituals, History and More!

The anticipation for Eid ul-Adha, one of Islam's most significant festivals, has reached its zenith as Muslim communities across India prepare to commemorate the occasion on June 17. The announcement comes following the confirmation by esteemed religious leaders, including Shahi Imam Mufti Mukarram Ahmed from Fatehpuri Masjid in Chandni Chowk, Delhi.

The determination of the date was not without its challenges, as the traditional method of moon sighting faced obstacles due to cloud cover over Delhi on the preceding Friday evening. However, the sighting of the moon in regions such as Gujarat, Hyderabad in Telangana, and Chennai in Tamil Nadu, signaled the arrival of the Islamic month of 'Zul Hijja,' marking the countdown to Eid ul-Adha.

Shahi Imam Mufti Mukarram Ahmed, a respected figure within the Muslim community, elucidated the significance of Eid ul-Adha, emphasizing its distinction from Eid ul-Fitr. Unlike the latter, which follows immediately after the month of Ramadan, Bakrid, as Eid ul-Adha is colloquially known, falls on the 10th day following the sighting of the moon. Therefore, an immediate proclamation was withheld, awaiting validation from diverse locations across the country.

The Islamic calendar, governed by the lunar cycle, fluctuates between 29 and 30 days, contingent upon the moon sighting. With the commencement of the Islamic month of "Zil Hijja 1445" on June 8, Eid ul-Adha is poised to unfold on June 17, Monday, as affirmed by Imarat-e-Sharia Hind, a prominent Muslim organization.

Moon sightings in various regions, including Gujarat, bolstered the announcement, with affiliated organizations such as Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind corroborating the observations. Additionally, the endorsement from former Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, added credence to the decision to celebrate Bakrid on June 17.

Integral to the commemoration of Eid ul-Adha is the ritual of Qurbani, steeped in profound religious significance. The tradition traces its roots to the narrative of Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail, as decreed by Allah. However, divine intervention spared Ismail, substituting him with an animal for sacrifice. This sacred event is commemorated during the three-day festivities of Eid ul-Adha.

Mufti Mukarram elucidated the parameters for Qurbani, affirming that Muslims possessing approximately 613 grams of silver or its equivalent in monetary or material assets are eligible to perform the ritual. Notably, the practice of Qurbani is not prohibited under Indian laws, allowing adherents to fulfill their religious obligations without impediment.

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