Only One Hajj, Only One Eid! Not two – so step aside!

Posted: October 2, 2014 in Unity
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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

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



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!


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.

Stand Up 4 Islam!

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  1. shafss says:

    Please correct me if I’m wrong, should we not see the moon with the naked eye? So it does matter whether we see the moon.

    • maverick says:

      Asalaam alaikum – this is not the point being made. You are looking for a new moon, not just any phase of the moon.

      So, for example, if you do not see the moon because of clouds etc, but when you do get to see it, you find that it is one day old or two days old, then you would calculate backwards to find out when the actual start of that month is.

      The Islamic month always starts with a new moon – not when you happen to see it.

  2. Sarah says:

    Assalam o Alaikum..
    Moon sighting for the start of the month is proven by ahadith. Eid ul Adha is on 10th zul hajj, simple, according to the local moon sighting of that region. It’s simple science. Otherwise, we can see moon in the space at any date of month with a telescope because its there in the space.

  3. adamu s.waji says:

    wal aqibatu lit taqwa

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