What is Eid al-Adha?

Eid al-Adha is one of the two blessed Eids that we celebrate as Muslims. It follows the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage period, and is also known as the “Feast of Sacrifice”.

What is Eid al-Adha a celebration of?

On Eid al-Adha we remember the sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim (AS).

In remembrance of his sacrifice and to help the poor and needy, we give our own sacrifice: Qurbani

When is Eid-al Adha 2024? 

The date may vary according to moon sightings in different parts of the world. In the Ireland, Eid-al Adha 2024 is predicted to be on Sunday 16th June 2024*.

*Please note this date is subject to change according to the sighting of the moon.

How many days is Eid-al Adha? 

Eid-al Adha is celebrated for 3 days.

When does Eid al-Adha end?

As the celebration lasts for 3 days, if Eid-al Adha begins on Sunday 16th June, it will end on Tuesday 18th June 2024.

Sacrifice on Eid al-Adha

Following the Eid prayer on the first day of Eid al-Adha, we start to offer a sacrifice – Qurbani – to remember the sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim (AS) to Allah (SWT).

A portion of this meat (from a sheep, goat, cow or camel) then goes to help our brothers and sisters in need.

Observances on Eid

As with any festival and important occasion, we follow the example of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

There are various Sunnah acts of worship you can do on the day of Eid. Discover the Sunnah acts of worship here.

Eid prayers

Eid prayer is an important part of the day.

Find out everything you need to know about prayer on Eid here.

What is the difference between Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha?

Although both Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha are celebrated similarly, they both commemorate different things, and therefore, there are a few key differences:

  • For Eid al-Adha, you should delay eating until after the prayer, whereas for Eid al-Fitr, it is recommended to eat before the Eid prayer.
  • There is no Zakatul Fitr (also known as Fitrana) for Eid al-Adha, just the sacrifice of an animal if you are financially able to.

What to do on Eid al-Adha?

In addition to the acts of worship mentioned, there are a few more things you can do to observe the occasion with those around you:

  • Host an Eid gathering with your local community: This will give your neighbours a chance to bond and will encourage others to find out more about the celebration. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him honor his neighbor.” (Muslim)
  • Celebrate with everyone: A study by Faith Matters found that a lack of network and feelings of isolation were some of the biggest problems faced by Muslim converts in Ireland. Speak to that person you see standing by themselves at the mosque, and make everyone feel welcomed and loved on this blessed day.

Eid al-Adha history

Historically, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) would mark Eid al-Adha by encouraging others to eat from the meat of their sacrifices from the day. It was narrated from Aisha that the Prophet (SAW) advised: “Eat some, store some and give some in charity.” [An-Nasa’i]

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