Dhul Hijjah, the twelfth and final month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is of great significance to Muslims around the world as it marks the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca known as Hajj Eid al-Fitr (Also known as Bakra Eid, Bakrid, Bakhreid, Eid al-Adha, Eid Qurban, Qurban Bayarami or Feast of Sacrifice) on the tenth day of each month. Dhul Hijjah is considered a holy month, a time of high devotion, reflection and acts of worship. (Also read: Eid-ul-Adha 2023: Muslims in Saudi Arabia, India, UAE and other countries will celebrate the date of Bakra Eid in Dhul Hijjah)
During the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims engage in various prayers and good deeds, as these days are considered especially lucky, and are encouraged to perform acts such as fasting, reciting the Qur’an, giving alms and performing additional prayers, as these are considered to bring Bring great rewards and blessings. The highlight of Dhul Hijjah is the Hajj pilgrimage, a spiritual journey that Muslims from all over the world embark on, performing a series of rituals in and around Mecca.
Hajj is an obligation for able-bodied Muslims who can afford the journey, a time of unity, humility and seeking intimacy with God. Rituals performed by pilgrims dating back to the time of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) include circumambulating the Kaaba, standing on the plain of Arafat and symbolically stoning the devil to death.
The tenth day of Dhul Hijjah is known as Eid al-Adha, also known as Bakrid or Festival of Sacrifice. It commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to the command of Allah and is celebrated by Muslims around the world by praying, sacrificing cattle (such as sheep, goats, camels or cattle) and distributing the meat to those in need this day.
It is a time of joy, gratitude and generosity as Dhul Hijjah reminds Muslims of the importance of faith, sacrifice and unity. This is a month that encourages acts of devotion, kindness and charity, so Muslims seize the opportunity to strengthen their relationship with Allah, seek forgiveness and reflect on their life purpose.
Dhul Hijjah has great spiritual significance and is a time of spiritual revival for believers all over the world. This year, Saudi Arabia is calling on Muslims across the kingdom to see the new moon on the night of June 18, 2023, which could herald the date of Eid al-Adha in 2023.
“The Supreme Court wishes that anyone capable of showing interest in the matter will join the committee established in the region for this purpose,” the Saudi Press Agency reported.
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Sunday, June 18, 2023 at 04:15 pm
Estimated date for Eid al-Adha in India
Muslims in India will wait to see the new moon of Dhul Hijjah on the evening of June 19 or after Maghreb prayers. If the new moon is seen, the first day of the month Dhul Hijjah will be on June 20 and Eid-ul – India will celebrate Eid al-Adha or Bakrid on June 29. If the new moon is not seen on June 19, the long-awaited Muslim holiday will be celebrated in India on June 30.
Sunday, June 18, 2023 at 04:06 PM
What if the new moon isn’t spotted in the UAE today
These countries (UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, United Kingdom, USA and Canada) will see no new moon on Sunday 18th June 2023, then the first day of the holy month of Dhul Hijjah will be Celebrating Eid al-Adha 2023 on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, the countries will begin celebrating Arafat Day – the main ritual of the Hajj – on Thursday, June 29, 2023, which will take place the day before Eid al-Adha, i.e. Wednesday 28 June 2023.
Sunday, June 18, 2023 at 04:03 PM
Expected Bakrid dates for UAE, US and Canada
Muslims in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan, Syria, Iraq and other Arab countries, as well as the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada will look for the Eid New Moon on June 18 if the moon sees the Bach of these countries Reid celebrations will begin on Wednesday 28 June 2023, while Arafat Day – the main ritual of the Hajj – will take place on Tuesday 27 June 2023