On one fateful night, the Prophet Ibrahim experienced a vivid dream-vision. In the dream, God Almighty appeared before Ibrahim and commanded him to sacrifice his beloved son Ismail as an act of obedience and submission.
As Ibrahim’s devotion to God was nothing short of absolute, he took Ismail to the top of Mount Arafah and steeled himself to make the ultimate sacrifice. But just as he was about to slaughter Ismail, the archangel Jibril appeared before the patriarch with a ram in tow. Jibril then revealed that Ibrahim’s faith had been vindicated and that the ram was to be sacrificed as a ransom for his son.
Reflecting on Ibrahim’s obedience, devotion and submission, Muslims around the world have since honored Eid Adha as the Day of Sacrifice. As we draw nearer to the commemoration of this inspiring event, here are the dates, calendar and guide to celebrating Eid Adha 2022.
Eid Adha dates and calendar
After the moon sighting on the 29th of June by the Kingdom’s Supreme Court, Eid Adha will be celebrated on Saturday, 9 July 2022.
Eid Adha public holiday in Saudi Arabia
It has been announced that the public holiday for Eid Adha in Saudi Arabia is from Monday, 5 Dhu Al-Hijjah, July 4 until Thursday, 15 Dhu al-Hijjah, July 14
How is Eid Adha celebrated in Saudi Arabia?
Eid Adha is a public holiday celebrated throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that lasts for three days. For those participating in the Hajj pilgrimage, the Eid Adha signifies the conclusion of their pilgrimage to Mecca.
The main observance of Eid Adha is the symbolic reenactment of Ibrahim’s obedience. The sacrifice may extend to a cow, sheep, lamb, goat, ram, and even camel. The bounty obtained from the sacrifice must be allocated accordingly; the individual, group of individuals or family providing the sacrifice is entitled to a third of the meat, while their friends and relatives are entitled to another third. The remaining third strictly belongs to the needy and less fortunate.
By taking part in this Feast of Sacrifice, Muslims in Saudi Arabia pledge their willingness to submit to the will of the Creator not just by way of performing the Qurban or sacrificing an animal, but also by committing themselves to other acts of charity. It is customary for Saudi Arabian Muslims with the financial means to donate sums of money, food and clothes to the homeless and the poor during Eid Adha.
Though on a smaller scale than that of the Eid Fitr, Muslims do take advantage of the celebration to dress up and visit family and friends offering and receiving presents in the process.
Eid al Adha 2022 in Saudi Arabia on Sat July 09, Hajj on Fri July 08
Saudi Arabia has confirmed sighting of the Dhul Hijjah moon today, and hence Eid al Adha will be celebrated in the Kingdom on Saturday July 09, 2022
[Saudi officials at Sudair observatory in this file photo.]
Eid al Adha 2022 Moon Announcement Live Update: Wifaqul Ulama (United Kingdom) and Majlis Ugama Islam Singapore in two separate statements issued Wednesday said Eid al Adha in the countries will be celebrated on Sunday July 10, 2022.
“Firday July 01, 2022 will be the first day of the Holy month of Dhul Hijjah 1443 H, and Eid al Adha, celebrated on 10th of Dhul Hijjah, will be on Sunday July 10, 2022”, the two apex bodies of Muslim scholars in UK and Singapore said.
Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) and Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) announced that Eid al Adha in Australia will be celebrated on Saturday July 09, 2022.
07:30 PM (Makkah Time): Saudi Arabia has confirmed sighting of Eid al Adha Moon today i.e. Wednesday 29th of Dhul Qadah 1443 AH corresponding to June 29, 2022.
“Accordingly, Day of Arafah (Youm ul Hajj) has been confirmed on Friday, 8 July 2022 and Eid Al Adha celebrations will begin on Saturday, 9 July 2022”, officials from Haramain Sharifain in Makkkah said.
Official announcement from the UAE, Qatar, Jordan, Kuwait and other Arab states is expected any moment.
06:30 PM (Makkah Time): As the world waits for the official moon announcement by Saudi Supreme Court, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong and Sultanate of Brunei have announced Sunday July 10, 2022 as the first day of Eid al Adha.
05:00 PM (Makkah Time): The Royal Court of Saudi Arabia will meet after Maghreb Prayers (07:15 PM Makkah Time appr.) today i.e. Wednesday June 29, 2022 to confirm the moon sighting reports received if any.
Similar meeting of moon sighting committees and religious affairs departement in UAE, Qatar and other Arab states will also be held after Maghreb Salah.
06:30 AM (Makkah Time): The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia and the Moon Sighting Committees in United Arab Emirate (UAE), Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan and other Arab states have appealed Muslims to spot the new moon of the Holy month of Dhul Hijjah today i.e. Wednesday 29th of Dhul Qadah 1443 AH corresponding to June 29, 2022 to confirm when Eid al Adha will be celebrated and Hajj will be performed this year.
“The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has called upon residents of the Kingdom to search for the crescent of the month of Dhul Hijjah 1443 on the evening of Wednesday, 29 Dhul Qadah 1443 (30 Dhul Qadah 1443 according to Umm Al Qura Calendar), corresponding to June 29th 2022 and report to any sightings”, the Saudi Royal Court said in a statement.
Special arrangements have been made and general appeals have also been issued by the authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE – mainly Abu Dhabi and Dubai), Qatar and other Gulf states including Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Muscat, Oman, Yemen, Sudan, Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq, Syria and Palestine to sight the Eid al Adha moon today on Wednesday 29th Dhul Qadah 1443H of the Islamic Calendar that corresponds to 29th of June 2022.
Eid al Adha Moon sighting
The Saudi Supreme Court’s special session will sit and deliberate on Wednesday evening the results of the crescent search and will issue a decision shortly after Maghreb Prayers.
The Kingdom’s main observations are made from Sudair and Tumair and sightings from these cities are part of the official decision.
Eid al Adha (also known as Bakra Eid, Eid uz Zuha in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and around), is celebrated all across the world on 10th of Dhul Hijjah – the month revered as one of the holiest months is Islamic calendar.
1. If the new moon is sighted today i.e. Wednesday July 29, 2022, then it will mean the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah 1443 AH has commenced on Thursday June 30, 2022 and the first day of Eid al Adha will be on Saturday July 09, 2022.
2. If there is no moon sighting today, Eid al Adha festivities will begin on Sunday July 10, 2022, as the holiday is always celebrated on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah as per the tradition of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him), a statement issued by the moon sighting authorities said.
Traditionally, the Eid al Adha festival lasts for four days but public holidays vary from country to country.
Hajj 2022 Date
Accordingly, Youm e Arafat 2022 (Youme Arafah), which falls on 9th of Dhul Hijjah, will be either on Friday July 08 or Saturday July 09, 2022.
Youm e Arafat (Youme Arafah) is 9th day of Dhul Hijjah when millions of Muslims from across the world gather on the plains of Mount Arafat to perform Hajj. The Saudi givernment has allowed 10 million Muslims from around the world to perform Hajj this year. In 2020 only 1000 Muslims performed Hajj whereas in 2021 close to 60,000 pilgrims participated in the annual ritual. The number of pilgrims in the last two years was curtailed because of Covid-19.
Why Eid al Adha is celebrated
Hajj 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).
In India, Bangaldesh, Sri Lanka and other South Asian countries the Moon Sighting Committees, Hilal Committees and Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will meet Thursday or Friday as per the date of Islamic Calendar in these countries to decide on the sighting of the Dhul Hajjah moon.
Muslims in Pakistan will spot the new moon Wednesday June 29, 2022 along with the Arab World.
Similarly, Muslims in the United States (USA), United Kingdom (UK), Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Indonesia, Malaysia, France, Germany and other countries too will celebrate Eid al Adha either on Saturday July 09 or Sunday July 10, 2022.
The final decision will be taken on Wednesday June 29, 2022 by the moon sighting committee operating from these countries.
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. In case the moon is not sighted, the month is counted for whole of 30 days.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Palestine and other Arab countries have already announced Eid al Adha holidays.
According to the UAE’s approved holiday calendar, Eid Al Adha holiday will be four days starting from July 8 to 11, 2022 that could be extended till July 17, 2022 if the cabinet approves, local media reported.