Eid al Adha is the second holiest festival of Muslims around the world after Eid al Fitr. It also coincides with the annual Hajj ritual i.e. pilgrimage to Makkah.
The Dhul Hijjah moon if sighted today will also decide when Hajj 2021 i.e. Youm e Arafat 2021 (Youme Arafah) will be observed.
Muslims consider Eid Adha very important because it commemorates Ibrahim’s surrender and devotion to the Creator. It is hoped that through taking part in the remembrance, Muslims today would be inspired to reflect on their year and be inspired to help those less fortunate.
Muslims worldwide commemorate Eid Adha, commonly known as the “Festival of Sacrifice.” It is a significant event that includes special prayers, sacrificing an animal such as a goat, sheep, camel, or cow if one can afford it, charitable giving, and visiting friends and relatives.
When is Eid al Adha 2021?
Eid ul Adha 2021 or Bakra Eid 2021 is expected to be celebrated on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. This is the tentative date as the actual date is contingent to the sighting of the moon of Dhul Hijjah, 1442, the 12th and last month of Islamic Calendar.
Celebration of Eid al Adha
Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al Adha for two to four days (depending on the country). However, there are some Sunnah which every Muslim should follow while celebrating this great festival.
Sunnahs of Eid al Adha and Eid Prayer
1- Wake up early in the morning.
2- Clean your teeth with Miswak or a brush.
3- Take a bath.
4- You should wear your best clothes on this day.
5- Apply perfume.
6- Refrain from eating before the Eid prayer.
7- Recite the Takbir of Tashriq in a loud voice while going for Eid prayer.
اَللهُ أَكْبَرُ ، اَللهُ أَكْبَرُ، اَللهُ أَكْبَرُ، لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ ، وَاللهُ أَكْبَرُ، اَللهُ أَكْبَرُ، وَلِلَّهِ الْحَمْدُ
Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, Allahu akbar laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, wa Allaahu akbar, Allaah akbar, wa Lillaah il-hamd
(Allah is Most Great, Allaah is most Great, Allah is most Great there is no god but Allaah, Allaah is Most great, Allaah is most great, and to Allaah be praise)
(Irwa Al Ghalil: 3 / 125)
8- Listen to Sermon (Khutba) after offering Eid prayer. (An-Nasai: 1517)
9- Use different ways while going to mosque and returning after offering Eid Prayer. (Sahih Bukhari: 986)