Muslims around the world will soon be celebrating the joyous occasion of Eid Al Adha. This is another important Islamic holiday that follows Eid Al Fitr, which is observed at the end of the holy month of Ramadan (the month of fasting) and took place in June this year. Eid Al Adha dates were confirmed last week by authorities in Saudi Arabia, with the moon sighting on 1st August (Thursday night), which marked the start of the last month of the Islamic calendar, Dhu Al Hijja. The ninth day of Dhu Al Hijjah corresponds to Arafat Day while Eid Al Adha begins on the 10th day.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation in the UAE has confirmed Eid Al Adha holidays, from Saturday, 10th August to Tuesday, 13th August. Eid Al Adha celebrations will begin with morning prayers. Eid Al Adha prayers in Dubai will be held at 06:08 am in mosques and musallas across the city.
Prayer timings in the other emirates are as follows:
Abu Dhabi: 06.12 am
Sharjah: 06.07 am
Ras Al Khaimah: 06.04 am
Fujairah: 06.04 am
Umm Al Quwain: 06.06 am
Ajman: 06.07 am
Eid ul-Adha is also known as The Festival of Sacrifice or Big Eid and marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, which is one of the five pillars of Islam and mandatory on Muslims who have fulfilled all their other obligations in life, are in good health and can afford to make the journey. After the Eid Al Adha prayers, many people proceed to approved slaughterhouses within the UAE, in order to sacrifice animals, such as goats, sheep and cows, in remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice to Allah. The meat from the sacrifice is distributed among family, friends and the poor. This is followed by family gatherings, when people typically dress in new clothes and exchange Eid gifts, such as sweets, dates or attar.