Muslims in India have decided to celebrate Eid al Azha on November
17. The decision is taken after the moon for the month of Dhu al-Hijja
is sighted today evening.
"The new moon is sighted in various
parts of India this evening. On this basis, it is decided to
celebrate Eid al Azha on November 17", Dy Gen Secretary of Jamiat
Ahle Hadees, Maulana Muqeem Faizee said while speaking to
ummid.com on phone from the National Capital, New Delhi.
Reports of moon sighting has also
been conformed from other places in India.
Eid al Azha, the second most
important Muslim festival after Eid al fitr, is celebrated on 10th
of Dhu al-Hijja -one among the most sacred months in the Islamic
Calendar. It coincides with Haj -
the annual pilgrimage to Makkah al Mukarrema, the sacred town
located in Saudi Arabia.
The festival is celebrated to mark
the sacrifice made by the Prophet Abraham - the biblical figure
respected by the all major religions in the world. To pay tribute
to the Prophet Abraham, who sacrificed his son in an act of
submission to the Almighty Allah, Muslims all over the world
sacrifice animals on the occasion.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Council of
Saudi Arabia today announced to celebrate Eid al Azha on November
16 and Haj a day before on November 15, 2010.
More than two million people are
expected to perform Haj this year.
The government is taking all efforts
to make the Haj trouble free.
This year's Haj will also see
innovative transportation system and introduction of railways from
Mina to Arafat and other places during the Hajj rituals.
The government expects, use of the Mashair Railway would bring about
remarkable improvements in the transportation of pilgrims between
the holy places. Established at a cost of SR6.5 billion, the new
railway will have a capacity to transport 72,000 pilgrims an hour.
Nine stations have been constructed in Arafat, Mina and Muzdalifah,
each having three stations. This is the second largest project
implemented by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs after
the SR4.5 billion high-tech Jamrat Bridge project in Mina.
The nonstop transport system, which will be used this year to
transport 780,000 pilgrims from Iran, Turkey, Europe, Australia,
US, and those from non-Arab African countries. The system will
enable the transportation of 44,000 pilgrims between the holy
places within an hour.