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Eid al Adha 2022 in Saudi Arabia on Sat July 09, Hajj on Fri July 08

Saudi Arabia has confirmed sighting of the Dhul Hijjah moon today, and hence Eid al Adha will be celebrated in the Kingdom on Saturday July 09, 2022

Thursday June 30, 2022 8:48 AM, ummid.com News Network

Eid al Adha Moon Sighting 2022

[Saudi officials at Sudair observatory in this file photo.]

Eid al Adha 2022 Moon Announcement Live Update: Wifaqul Ulama (United Kingdom) and Majlis Ugama Islam Singapore in two separate statements issued Wednesday said Eid al Adha in the countries will be celebrated on Sunday July 10, 2022.

"Firday July 01, 2022 will be the first day of the Holy month of Dhul Hijjah 1443 H, and Eid al Adha, celebrated on 10th of Dhul Hijjah, will be on Sunday July 10, 2022", the two apex bodies of Muslim scholars in UK and Singapore said.

Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) and Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) announced that Eid al Adha in Australia will be celebrated on Saturday July 09, 2022.

07:30 PM (Makkah Time): Saudi Arabia has confirmed sighting of Eid al Adha Moon today i.e. Wednesday 29th of Dhul Qadah 1443 AH corresponding to June 29, 2022.


"Accordingly, Day of Arafah (Youm ul Hajj) has been confirmed on Friday, 8 July 2022 and Eid Al Adha celebrations will begin on Saturday, 9 July 2022", officials from Haramain Sharifain in Makkkah said.

Official announcement from the UAE, Qatar, Jordan, Kuwait and other Arab states is expected any moment.

06:30 PM (Makkah Time): As the world waits for the official moon announcement by Saudi Supreme Court, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong and Sultanate of Brunei have announced Sunday July 10, 2022 as the first day of Eid al Adha.

05:00 PM (Makkah Time): The Royal Court of Saudi Arabia will meet after Maghreb Prayers (07:15 PM Makkah Time appr.) today i.e. Wednesday June 29, 2022 to confirm the moon sighting reports received if any.

Similar meeting of moon sighting committees and religious affairs departement in UAE, Qatar and other Arab states will also be held after Maghreb Salah.

06:30 AM (Makkah Time): The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia and the Moon Sighting Committees in United Arab Emirate (UAE), Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan and other Arab states have appealed Muslims to spot the new moon of the Holy month of Dhul Hijjah today i.e. Wednesday 29th of Dhul Qadah 1443 AH corresponding to June 29, 2022 to confirm when Eid al Adha will be celebrated and Hajj will be performed this year.

"The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has called upon residents of the Kingdom to search for the crescent of the month of Dhul Hijjah 1443 on the evening of Wednesday, 29 Dhul Qadah 1443 (30 Dhul Qadah 1443 according to Umm Al Qura Calendar), corresponding to June 29th 2022 and report to any sightings", the Saudi Royal Court said in a statement.

Special arrangements have been made and general appeals have also been issued by the authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE - mainly Abu Dhabi and Dubai), Qatar and other Gulf states including Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Muscat, Oman, Yemen, Sudan, Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq, Syria and Palestine to sight the Eid al Adha moon today on Wednesday 29th Dhul Qadah 1443H of the Islamic Calendar that corresponds to 29th of June 2022.

Eid al Adha Moon sighting

The Saudi Supreme Court’s special session will sit and deliberate on Wednesday evening the results of the crescent search and will issue a decision shortly after Maghreb Prayers.

The Kingdom’s main observations are made from Sudair and Tumair and sightings from these cities are part of the official decision.

Eid al Adha (also known as Bakra Eid, Eid uz Zuha in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and around), is celebrated all across the world on 10th of Dhul Hijjah - the month revered as one of the holiest months is Islamic calendar.

Two Possibilities

1. If the new moon is sighted today i.e. Wednesday July 29, 2022, then it will mean the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah 1443 AH has commenced on Thursday June 30, 2022 and the first day of Eid al Adha will be on Saturday July 09, 2022.

2. If there is no moon sighting today, Eid al Adha festivities will begin on Sunday July 10, 2022, as the holiday is always celebrated on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah as per the tradition of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him), a statement issued by the moon sighting authorities said.

Traditionally, the Eid al Adha festival lasts for four days but public holidays vary from country to country.

Hajj 2022 Date

Accordingly, Youm e Arafat 2022 (Youme Arafah), which falls on 9th of Dhul Hijjah, will be either on Friday July 08 or Saturday July 09, 2022.

Youm e Arafat (Youme Arafah) is 9th day of Dhul Hijjah when millions of Muslims from across the world gather on the plains of Mount Arafat to perform Hajj. The Saudi givernment has allowed 10 million Muslims from around the world to perform Hajj this year. In 2020 only 1000 Muslims performed Hajj whereas in 2021 close to 60,000 pilgrims participated in the annual ritual. The number of pilgrims in the last two years was curtailed because of Covid-19.

Why Eid al Adha is celebrated

Hajj 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).

In India, Bangaldesh, Sri Lanka and other South Asian countries the Moon Sighting Committees, Hilal Committees and Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will meet Thursday or Friday as per the date of Islamic Calendar in these countries to decide on the sighting of the Dhul Hajjah moon.

Muslims in Pakistan will spot the new moon Wednesday June 29, 2022 along with the Arab World.

Similarly, Muslims in the United States (USA), United Kingdom (UK), Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Indonesia, Malaysia, France, Germany and other countries too will celebrate Eid al Adha either on Saturday July 09 or Sunday July 10, 2022.

The final decision will be taken on Wednesday June 29, 2022 by the moon sighting committee operating from these countries.

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. In case the moon is not sighted, the month is counted for whole of 30 days.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Palestine and other Arab countries have already announced Eid al Adha holidays.

According to the UAE’s approved holiday calendar, Eid Al Adha holiday will be four days starting from July 8 to 11, 2022 that could be extended till July 17, 2022 if the cabinet approves, local media reported.


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