Sun. Jun 23rd, 2024

The Saudi Supreme Court has officially declared the dates for this year’s Hajj pilgrimage and Eid Al-Adha celebrations.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, the Standing at Arafat will occur on Saturday, June 15, followed by the commencement of Eid Al-Adha festivities on Sunday, June 16.

This announcement came after the Supreme Court confirmed the sighting of the crescent moon on the evening of June 6, marking Friday, June 7, as the first day of Dhul Hijjah, the final month of the Islamic lunar calendar.

The sighting, verified by numerous witnesses, sets the timeline for the annual pilgrimage and the subsequent Eid celebrations.

Standing at Arafat, also known as the “Day of Arafah,” is the most significant day of the Hajj pilgrimage. On this day, millions of pilgrims gather on the plains of Arafat in prayer and reflection, seeking forgiveness and blessings. This event represents the culmination of the Hajj, a journey of spiritual renewal and devotion.

The following day, June 16, marks the beginning of Eid Al-Adha, also known as the “Festival of Sacrifice” (Youm Al-Nahr). For Muslims worldwide, this day signifies the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son in obedience to God’s command. It is celebrated with the ritual sacrifice of animals, feasts, and communal prayers.

While millions of pilgrims will be in Mecca performing the sacred Hajj rituals, Muslims in Saudi Arabia and around the world will begin their Eid celebrations.

The Supreme Court extended prayers for the pilgrims’ safe and comfortable completion of their Hajj rites and for the safety and well-being of all Muslims during this holy period.

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