Eid al Adha is coming up and is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhū al-Hijjah, the twelfth and final month of the Islamic calendar – meaning it begins on Sunday, August 11 this year. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al Adha to commemorate Ibrahim’s complete obedience to the will of God. According to Islamic tradition, he agreed to sacrifice his son Ishmael when God ordered him to do so. However, just as Ibrahim was about to kill Ishmael, God put a sheep in his place.
Where to celebrate Eid al Adha in the UK?
Eid al Adha, Muslims in the UK usually start the day by performing ghusul, a full-body purification ritual.
They then dress in their finest outfits and attend a prayer service at a local mosque.
To find a mosque near you, simply head to Visit My Mosque and type in your address.
Mosques are likely to be busy, so make sure to arrival early.
Because Eid al Adha is a celebratory event there will likely be funfairs or festivals to attend as well.
Talk to your local mosque to find out if there are any events in honour of the occasion where you are.
In the UK there are no bank holidays associated with Eid al Adha.
Some Muslims choose to take one or more days of annual leave at this time.
Nearly 2.8 million Muslims live in the UK, which equals about 4.8 percent of the population.
That makes Islam the second largest religion in the country, after Christianity.
The largest Muslim community can be found in London, but areas including Bradford, Blackburn and Birmingham also have big Muslim populations.
When is Eid al Adha?
Eid al Adha will begin in the evening of Sunday, August 11 and end in the evening of Thursday, August 15.
The holiday is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhū al-Hijjah, the twelfth and final month of the Islamic calendar.
Because Muslims use a lunar calendar it means the date of the event slightly changes every year.
In addition, timing of Muslim months and holidays generally depends on the sighting of the Moon’s crescent following New Moon.