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Eid al Adha 2019 to be celebrated in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan on August 12

Saudi Arabia has already declared that Eid al Adha 2019 will be celebrated on August 11

Friday August 2, 2019 10:57 PM, ummid.com News Network

Eid al Adha 2019 Moon India Pakistan

Eid al Adha Moon 2019 India, Pakistan and Bangladesh: Eid al Adha this year will be celebrated on Monday August 12, 2019, Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chief Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman said after the new moon sighted in Pakistan Friday.

A meeting of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Pakistan chaired by Mufti Muni-Ur-Rehman was held in Karachi today to confirm the sighting of the Eid-ul-Azha moon.

India and Bangladesh have already decided that Eid al Adha in the two countries will be celebrated on Monday August 12, 2019.

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08:30 pm (IST): Moon sighting committees in India and Bangladesh have on Friday announced that the new moon pronouncing the start of the Holy Month of Dhul Hijjah is sighted in various parts of the two countries.

"The new moon is sighted in various parts of India Friday. Hence, Eid al Adha will be celebrated on Monday August 12, 2019", Subai Jamiat Ahle Hadees said in an official statement.

Imarat e Sharaiyah Hind New Delhi and Markazi Ruyat e Hilal Committee, Jama Masjid Mumbai, have also confirmed sighting of moon today.

Reports of moon sighting have also been confirmed from Goalpada district of Assam, Deoband in Uttar Pradesh, and Sitamarhi and Bhaglapur districts of Bihar. "The new moon is sighted today i.e. Friday", Khursid Anwer Qasmi, Qazi e Shariat Bhagalpur, said.

In a statement released for media, Arshad Madani of Jamiat e Ulema Malegaon and Dhule in Maharashtra also confirmed sighting of moon on Friday.

Moon sighting of Eid al Adha has also been confirmed in Bangladesh. "The crescent for the last month of the Islamic lunar calendar and the month of Hajj- Zil Hajj is sighted in Khulna on Friday evening (August 2)", Md. Helal Hossen, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Khulna, told Banglanews.

Meanwhile, Central Hilal Committee in Pakistan has started its meeting. A decision will be taken shortly.

06:15 pm (IST): Moon sighting committees in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and other South Asian countries will meet after Maghrib prayers today i.e. Friday August 02, 2019 corresponding to 29th of Dhulka'edah 1440 AH to analyse and confirm sighting of the moon so that it could be decided when Eid al Adha ( also called as Eidul Azha or Bakra Eid) will be celebrated this year.

11:30 am (IST): Hilal Committees or Moon Sighting Committees in New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Dhaka, Lahore, Islamabad and other state capitals in the three countries have in separate statements called upon the Muslims to witness Crescent - the new moon of the Holy month of Dhul Hijjah (also pronounced Zul Hijja), today Friday August 02, 2019 corresponding to 29th of Dhulka'edah 1440 AH to decide when Eid al Adha will be celebrated this year.

Eid al Adha - the second holiest festival of Muslims around the world also coincides with annual Hajj ritual i.e. pilgrimage to Makkah.

A decision by the moon sighting committees can be delayed because most parts of the Indian sub-continent are cloudy and under this climate the moon sighting confirmation is difficult.

If the new moon is sighted in India, Pakistan and Bangaldesh today i.e. on Friday August 02, 2019, then Muslims in these countries will celebrate Eid al Adha (also called as Eid ul Azha or Bakra Eid) on Monday August 12, 2019. Else, Eid al Adha will be celebrated on Tuesday August 13, 2019

Saudi Arabia and other Arab states have already declared that Eid al Adha 2019 in these countries will be celebrated on August 11, 2019. The announcement was made after Saudi Royal Court confirmed sighting of Dhul Hijjah moon on Thursday August 01, 2019.

Youm-e-Arafah (Arafat Day), also called as Youm-ul-Hajj, is on the 9th day of Dhul Hijjah whereas Eid al Adha is observed a day later i.e. on 10th day of Dhul Hijjah. Accordingly, Youm e Arafat 2019 will be on August 10, 2019 when the pilgrims will stay on the Plains of Mount Arafat. The Hajj ritual will begin on Friday August 09, 2019 with pilgrims proceeding to Mina on 8th of Dhul Hijjah.

Haj and Eid al Adha ( also known as Bakra Eid, Eid ul Azha and Eid uz Zuha in the Indian subcontinent) are celebrated to commemorate the sacrifices made by Prophet Ibrahim, his noble wife Hager and their son Prophet Ismael (peace be upon all of them).

Traditionally, the festival lasts for four days but public holidays vary from country to country. While Muslims in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Middle East observe a longer holiday to celebrate Eid al Adha, elsewhere in the world, including India, government announces at least a day off, on this day. Banks, schools, colleges, government offices and other institutions are closed on public holidays.

Decision on Muslim festivals Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha is based on lunar system. As per this system, the first day of a new month is decided if moon is sighted on 29th day of the preceding month.

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