Hajj 2017: When is the Eid al-Adha Holiday?

Posted September 02, 2017

- Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau)I would like to wish Muslims in Britain and across the world Eid Mubarak.

A handful of predominantly Muslim countries have already announced long stretches of public holidays this year in celebration of Eid.

The festivities of Eid al-Adha even reached the unstable Palestinian camp of Ain al-Hilweh.

According to Islamic scholars, Eid-ul-Adha goes beyond the sacrifice of animals as the feast also challenges Muslims to use their intelligence, wealth, energy and time to better the lot of other people in society.

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On the occasion of Eid Al Adha, President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed tweeted a video in rememberance of the late Sheikh Zayed, founding father of the UAE.

Eid'l Adha is a holy season of sacrifice and giving for Muslims.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has congratulated Ukrainian Muslims on the Eid al-Adha holiday and pointed to their important role in countering the Russian aggression.

"Eidi" is a well known feature of both celebrations for Muslims, but many Muslims who have grown up with the tradition don't know the history behind the gifts.

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Eid memorializes prophet Ibrahim's unselfish act of sacrificing his son Ishmael to God. The meat obtained from the sacrificed animal is considered pious and distributed among friends and family. Share Happy Eid al-Adha Pics with quotes with people you care the most.

Saudi Arabia, the destination for all pilgrims, is already amidst of a 16-day public holiday which began August 24 and will continue until September 9.

In Iran, the Eid al-Adha prayers were led by Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani, Tehran's interim Friday prayers leader, with massive throngs of worshipers in attendance.

"Sacrifices are made in the name of God, large-scale charity work is underway, prayers are said for the tranquility and prosperity of our state, the undying memory of our martyrs is revered in all parts of our country these days".

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