At the time of writing this post, Hajj has started and millions of Muslims from across the world are performing the journey of a lifetime. But whilst these fortunate millions are fulfilling their obligation towards Allah, the rest of us will be fasting and celebrating Eid-ul-Adha.
Eid-ul-Adha is the 10th day of Dhul-Hijjah.Let’s track back what this means because we have two things happening – Muslims performing Hajj, Muslims not performing Hajj. Yet, in the UK, and probably other countries too, we have two Eids being celebrated.
Let’s see how this works.
In terms of the month of Dhul-Hijjah Hajj, this is what happens:
Muslims Performing Hajj
Muslims Not Performing Hajj
|1st Dhul Hijjah||
Muslims not on Hajj, fast (this is optional but recommended)
|2nd Dhul Hijjah|
|3rd Dhul Hijjah|
|4th Dhul Hijjah|
|5th Dhul Hijjah|
|6th Dhul Hijjah|
|7th Dhul Hijjah|
|8th Dhul Hijjah||
Muslims make their way from Makkah to Mina
|9th Dhul Hijjah||
Muslims make their way from Mina to Arafat. They make dua to Allah and pray and then at Maghrib they travel to Muzdalifah and the spend the night there
Fasting on the Day of Arafat = sins forgiven for the previous year and the coming year
(this is optional but recommended)
|10th Dhul Hijjah||
Muslims make their way back to Mina and then go to stone the Jamraat. Qurbani (Udhiyyah) is made on this day. Muslim males shave their head, Muslim women clip their hair. Muslims make their way to Makkah to perform Tawaaf of Al-Ifaadah
|11th Dhul Hijjah||
Muslims arrive back in Mina before Fajr and stone the Jamraat
|Second day of Eid-ul-Adha|
|12th Dhul Hijjah||
Muslims stay in Mina and stone the Jamraat
Third day of Eid-ul-Adha
|13th Dhul Hijjah||
Optional: Muslims stay in Mina and stone the Jamraat
|14th Dhul Hijjah||
Before leaving Makkah, Muslims must perform Tawaaf Al-Widaa
TWO EIDS = TWO HAJJs??
Many times the Muslim Community has been divided because some ‘religious leaders’ say Eid is on one day; other ‘religious leaders’ say Eid is on the next day. The start of each Islamic month is marked by a new moon – whether you see it or not, that month starts with the birth of a new moon, your sighting the moon DOES NOT CHANGE THAT FACT – there is only ONE MOON. However, the ummah is being divided because of claims of Eid being on different days.
But have you ever thought what that actually means at the time of Hajj?
Eid-ul-Adha is on the 10th of Dhul-Hijjah, the day after the Day of Arafat. If the Muslim community is celebrating Eid on two different days, then:
- This means that Hajj is being performed on two different days!
- This means that there are two Days of Arafat!
- This means that there are two days of sleeping in Muzdalifah!
- This means there are two separate days for performing your Tawaaf Al-Ifaadah!
- This means that there are two different days that mark the start of Qurbani (Udhiyyah) being offered!
You don’t have to be a Musim who is heavily grounded in Islamic knowledge to realise that this can not be the case and this is a ludicrous situation!
ONE HAJJ, ONE EID
There is no way we can have two Hajjs! No one in the Muslim world, scholar or leyman, would accept this, no matter what sect they are. There are no excuses for this appalling state of affairs that is dividing Muslims everywhere – especially on Hajj, where the whole world should be seeing the Muslim Ummah UNITED.
This situation has been going on for decades in some countries, particularly in the UK. It has to stop.
Those Muslims who are in positions of standing (eg. Masjid Committees, Imams, Scholars etc) cannot allow this to continue – but they have. They have failed the Ummah by allowing this to continue.
So they must step aside, Leave their office and make way to those Muslims who will unite the Ummah and ensure there is only ONE EID, ONE HAJJ.
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