Dhu’l-Hijjah moon visibility …
Dhu’l-Hijjah or alternatively Zulhijja or Zil-Hajj is the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar.A virtuous month, It is a very sacred month in the Islamic calendar, one in which the Hajj (pilgrimage) takes place as well as the Festival of the Sacrifice.
So when is it likely to be?
Estimated: Monday, August 12, 2019
The timings of Islamic celebrations are dependent on the sighting of the Moon’s crescent, following the New Moon. Unlike, Eid al Fitr which marks the end of Ramadan, Eid ul Adha comes on the 10th day of the month of Dhu’l-Hijjah – so the date is dependent on the Moon sighting that determines the start of said month.
So, What exactly is Eid ul-Adha?
Eid ul-Adha is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice or Qurbani, It’s commemorating the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command.
Qurbani and the Message of the Sacrifice
Significance of Qurbani means, sacrifice. Muslims around the world slaughter an animal for the sake of Allah.
All across the Muslim countries, during the three days of Eid al-Adha, countless goats, cows, sheep, and camels are sacrificed. The sacrifices, called qurbani are made in honour of Prophet Ibrahim willingness to sacrifice his own son, Ishmael, at God’s command.
Similar story …basically the story you’ll find in the Bible or Torah.
Allah says in the Quran
“Their meat will not reach Allah, nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you. Thus have We subjected them to you that you may glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and give good tidings to the doers of good.”Surah Hajj – Ayat: 37
The practice of Qurbani can be traced back to the Prophet Ibrahim, who dreamed that God ordered him to sacrifice his only son, Ishmael. In his devotion to God, Ibrahim agreed to follow his dream and perform the sacrifice. But God intervened and sent a ram to be sacrificed in Ishmael’s place.
Ishmael was spared because Ibrahim proved he would sacrifice his son as an act of piety, despite the loss it would have caused him. The continued practice of sacrifice acts as a reminder of Ibrahim’s obedience to God. It is on account of this sanctity and holiness, Allah has ordered two great acts of worship, namely Hajj and Qurbani, to be done in this month.
The Day Of Arafah, The day Of Hajj
The first 10 days preceding Eid ul Adha have great significance as they are meant to motivate and encourage Muslims for Eid. The ninth day of Dhu’l Hijjah is the Day of ‘Arafah, since it is on this Day the pilgrims gather at the mountain plain of ‘Arafah, praying and supplicating to their Lord, the day of Hajj.