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Eid al-Adha 2019 in United States will is projected to begin in the evening of Saturday. August 10 and ends in the evening of Sunday, August 11.  Again, these are projected dates only!  Dates may vary.

Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar.  As the exact day is based on lunar sightings, the date may vary between countries.

Eid al-Adha concludes the Pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid al-Adha lasts for three days and commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham) [pbuh] willingness to obey G-d by sacrificing his son.  The same story appears in the Bible and is familiar to Jews and Christians.

During the feast of Eid Al Adha, Muslims re-enact Ibrahim’s obedience by sacrificing a cow or ram. The family will eat about a third of the meal, a third goes to friends and relatives, and the remaining third is donated to the poor and needy.

The giving of charity in the form of money, food or clothes to the homeless or poor is another key tradition of Eid al Adha.

More details forthcoming from Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center.