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Eid Al-Adha

Eid al-Adha takes place in the holiest days of Islam. According to a hadith: 

“The greatest of days before Allah is the Day of Sacrifice.”

Sahih Abi Dawud

In another narration, the Prophet (SAW) emphasised the superiority of Eid celebrations over other festivals.

“Allah has given you two days better than these, the day of al-Fitr and the day of al-Adha.” 

Eid al-Adha is one of two blessed celebrations in Islam. Eid-al-Adha festival takes place on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah, the last and the sacred month of Islamic calendar. It coincides with the virtuous pilgrimage of Hajj and the time of Qurbani. Besides its religious significance, Eid al-Adha is a time for families and friends to come together, eat tasty cuisine, and give presents to children.

What is Eid al-Adha?

Eid al-Adha is an Arabic word that means the festival of sacrifice. Also known as Qurbani Eid, Eid-al-Adha has its origins in the story of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) who willingly presented his son for sacrifice in the name of Allah (SWT). At the last moment, Allah (SWT) swapped Ibrahim’s (AS) son with a ram. To commemorate his great sacrifice, Muslims slaughter an animal in the days of Eid. Eid-al-Adha brings a great opportunity to feed those in need as Qurbani is traditionally shared with the poor along with family and friends.

When is Eid al-Adha?

The Eid al-Adha 2024 date is anticipated to fall on Sunday, 16 June, depending on the sighting of the moon of Dhul Hijjah. It is difficult to confirm beforehand what day Eid al-Adha actually is. However, it is beneficial to know that Eid al-Adha celebrations begin on 10th of Dhul Hijjah in the Islamic calendar.

To help the less fortunate celebrate Eid, our team at Orphans in Need distributes your donations and Eid gifts to orphans and widow families. Donate to one of our appeals and give the gift of joy to an orphaned child this Eid. 

What to Do on Eid-al-Adha

Eid al-Adha begins with glorification of Allah (SWT) in prayers, which is followed by Qurbani and a festive meal with loved ones. The believers are advised to have a shower, dress in best clothes, and use miswak and perfume before coming to the place of prayer.

Orphans in Need has made the ritual of Qurbani easy for Muslims in the UK and elsewhere. Our team accepts Qurbani donations online and uses them to purchase and sacrifice animals on the donor's behalf. Whilst the donors will not see their share, they will reap the reward of giving nutritious meals to those suffering from hunger and malnutrition.

How Long is Eid al-Adha?

The Eid al-Adha festival lasts three days and begins after the sighting of the Dhul Hijjah moon. The act of Qurbani takes place only after the morning Eid prayers have finished. Any animals that are slaughtered prior to the morning Eid prayers are not considered Qurbani. 

Eid al-Adha Traditions

At this blessed time, individuals and communities come together in celebration. After Eid prayers in congregation, the believers perform charity and Qurbani, which is shared with the vulnerable members of the community. It is Sunnah to eat after the Eid prayer on the day of Eid-al-Adha to enable everyone to enjoy a hearty meal cooked with the Qurbani meat.

Other Eid-al-Adha traditions include the trimming of nails and hair after the Qurbani, which is prohibited prior to the slaughter. The Prophet (SAW) highlighted the importance of Eid al-Adha celebration in the following hadith.

“The day of Arafah, the day of Sacrifice, and the days of Tashriq are our festivals, us Muslims, and they are the days of eating and drinking.”

Sahih al-Tirmidhi

In line with the spirit of Eid al-Adha, help Orphans in Need support more families this year. Donate to our Qurbani or Eid Gifts appeal and brighten up an orphan child’s day on the blessed occasion of Eid.