Hajj 2017: When is Eid al-Adha?

While Eid al-Adha commemorates Ibrahim's (Abraham to Christians) sacrifice to Allah (God), specifically when he was tasked to sacrifice his son Isaac (which later turned out to be just a test of his faith), practices attached to it vary among the Muslims around the world. Muslims may take a day off work to celebrate the religious festival.

Azerbaijan today marks Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice).

He also called on Muslims to become catalysts of unity and harmony and to unite against threats of discord and violence and ultimately attain peace in the country as they celebrate Eid al-Adha on September 1.

"Local Muslims celebrate the holiday by congregational prayers in the morning, followed by festivities during the day".

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It is believed that Eid-al-Adha celebrations begin just two days after the start of Hajj which is an important annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca which is a holy city in a desert valley in Saudi Arabia.

In observance of Eid'l Adha, the national government has declared September 1, Friday, as regular holiday. The word "id" derived from the Arabic "iwd" means "festival" and "zuha" comes from "uzhaiyya" which translates to "sacrifice". Some Muslims will sacrifice a cow, goat or sheep in honour of Eid ul-Adha.

During the festival, families are encouraged to choose their best animals for the ritual, which harks back to the days of the Koran's prophets. Traditionally, a portion of the meat is distributed to relatives and those in need.

In his message for the Muslim holiday Eid'l Adha, the President stressed that the Filipino people must be united to achieve "genuine and lasting" peace, especially amid the affliction and strife in Mindanao.

  • Adam Floyd