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Crescent Moon Sighting Confirms Eid al-Adha 2023 Celebrations Across the Globe

Eid Ul Adha
Crescent moon

The crescent moon sighting for Eid al-Adha 2023 has been confirmed in several countries, including India, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Pakistan, marking the beginning of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah and setting the stage for the much-awaited Festival of Sacrifice.

Eid al-Adha, also known as Bakra Eid, Bakrid, Bakhreid, Eid al-Adha, Eid Qurban, Qurban Bayarami, or the Feast of Sacrifice, is one of the two major Islamic festivals celebrated worldwide. It commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ismail (Ishmael) as an act of obedience to God. The festival is observed on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah, the 12th and final month of the Islamic lunar calendar.

This year, the Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia announced that the first day of Dhul Hijjah would be on Monday, June 19, 2023. Consequently, Eid al-Adha will be celebrated on June 29, 2023, in India, while other countries like the UAE, US, Canada, Oman, and Saudi Arabia will observe the festival on June 28.

During Eid al-Adha, Muslims participate in various rituals, including congregational prayers, animal sacrifice (usually a goat, sheep, or cow), and the distribution of meat to the less fortunate. The act of sacrifice symbolizes devotion, selflessness, and the sharing of blessings with others.

Families and communities come together to partake in feasts, exchange greetings, and engage in acts of charity. It is also an occasion for Muslims to strengthen their bonds with God and their fellow believers.

As the crescent moon has been sighted, preparations for the festival are in full swing across the globe. Muslims are encouraged to engage in acts of worship and good deeds during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, as these days are considered particularly blessed. Activities such as fasting, reciting the Qur'an, giving charity, and performing additional prayers are believed to bring immense rewards and blessings.

Eid al-Adha serves as a reminder of the importance of faith, sacrifice, and unity among Muslims. It is a month that encourages acts of devotion, kindness, and charitable deeds, providing an opportunity for believers to strengthen their relationship with Allah, seek forgiveness, and reflect on their purpose in life.

As the world gears up to celebrate Eid al-Adha 2023, the spirit of unity, gratitude, and generosity is set to fill the hearts of millions of Muslims worldwide.

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