Inshallah, Eid ul Adha is on September 1, 2017. There will be two prayers at the Masjid. The first prayer is at 7 AM and the second prayer is at 9:30 AM. We will start the prayer on time. The khutba or the sermon is delivered after the prayer. the takbeerat will begin a day prior to the Eid ul Adha and will continue until the third day of Eid ul Adha. Join us at prayer at 3788 N Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, 89108
Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيدالأضحى ʿīd
al-aḍḥā, "Festival of the Sacrifice"), also
called the "Sacrifice Feast" or "Bakr-Eid", is the second
of two Muslim holidays celebrated
worldwide each year, and considered more holy . It honors the willingness
of Ibrahim (Abraham) to
sacrifice his son, as an act of submission to God's
command, before God then intervened, through his angel Jibra'il (Gabriel) and
informs him that his sacrifice has already been accepted. The meat from the
sacrificed animal is preferred to be divided into three parts. The family
retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends
and neighbors; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy.
Eid al-Adha is the latter of the two
Eid holidays, the former being Eid al-Fitr.
The word "Eid" appears once in Al-Ma'ida,
the fifth sura of the Quran, with the meaning "solemn festival."
Like Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha begins
with a sunnah prayer of
followed by a sermon (khutbah).
Eid al-Adha celebrations start after the descent of the Hujjaj, the
pilgrims performing the Hajj,
from Mount Arafat ,
a hill east of Mecca.
Eid sacrifice may take place until sunset on the 13th day of Dhu al-Hijjah.The
days of Eid have been singled out in the Hadithas
"days of remembrance" and considered the holiest days in the Islamic Calendar.
The takbir (days) of Tashriq are from the Fajr prayer of
the 9th of Dhu al-Hijjah up to the Asr prayer of
the 13th of Dhu al-Hijjah (five days and four nights). This equals 23 prayers:
five on the 9th–12th, which equals 20, and three on the 13th.
Eid al-Adha celebrations start at the same time as the
annual Hajj in Mecca.
As Prophet Abraham was preparing for
his return journey back to Canaan, Hagar asked him, "Did God order
you to leave us here? Or are you leaving us here to die?" Prophet Abraham
did not even look back. He just nodded, afraid that he would be too sad and
that he would disobey God. Hagar said, "Then God will not waste us; you
can go". Though Abraham had left a large quantity of food and water with
Hagar and Ishmael, the supplies quickly ran out, and within a few days the two
began to feel the pangs of hunger and dehydration.
Hagar ran up and down between two hills, al-Safa and Al-Marwah,
seven times, in her desperate quest for water. Exhausted, she finally collapsed
beside her baby Ishmael and prayed to God for deliverance. Miraculously, a
spring of water gushed forth from the earth at the feet of baby Ishmael. Other
accounts have the angel Jibra'il,
striking the earth and causing the spring to flow in abundance. With this
secure water supply, known as the Zamzam Well,
they were not only able to provide for their own needs, but were also able to
trade water with passing nomads for food and supplies.
Years later, Prophet Abraham was
instructed by God to return from Canaan to build a place of worship adjacent to
Hagar's well (the Zamzam Well). Prophet Abraham and Prophet Ishmael constructed
a stone and mortar structure – known as the Kaaba –
which was to be the gathering place for all who wished to strengthen their
faith in God. As the years passed, Prophet Ishmael was blessed with nubuwwah (prophethood)
and gave the nomads of the desert his message of submission to God. After many
centuries, Mecca became a thriving desert city and a major center for trade,
thanks to its reliable water source, the Zamzam Well.
One of the main trials of Prophet
Abraham's life was to face the command of God to sacrifice his dearest
possession, his son. The son is not named in the Quran, but most modern Muslims
believe it to be Prophet Ismail.
Upon hearing this command, Abraham prepared to submit to will of God.
During this preparation, Shaitan (the Devil) tempted
Prophet Abraham and his family by trying to dissuade them from carrying out
God's commandment, and Abraham drove Satan away by throwing pebbles at him. In
commemoration of their rejection of Satan, stones are thrown at symbolic
pillars during the Stoning of the Devil during
When Prophet Abraham attempted to cut
his throat, he was astonished to see that his son was unharmed and instead, he
found a dead ram which was slaughtered. Abraham had passed the test by his
willingness to carry out God's command.
This is mentioned in the Quran as
my Lord! Grant me a righteous (son)!"
101 So We gave him the good news of a boy ready to suffer and forbear.
102 Then, when (the son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, he
said: "O my son! I see in vision that I offer thee in sacrifice: Now see
what is thy view!" (The son) said: "O my father! Do as thou art
commanded: thou will find me, if Allah so wills one practising Patience and
103 So when they had both submitted their wills (to Allah), and he had
laid him prostrate on his forehead (for sacrifice),
104 We called out to him "O Abraham!
105 "Thou hast already fulfilled the vision!" – thus indeed
do We reward those who do right.
106 For this was obviously a trial–
107 And We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice:
108 And We left (this blessing) for him among generations (to come) in
109 "Peace and salutation to Abraham!"
110 Thus indeed do We reward those who do right.
111 For he was one of our believing Servants.
112 And We gave him the good news of Isaac – a prophet – one of
Prophet Abraham had shown that his
love for God superseded all others: that he would lay down his own life or the
lives of those dearest to him in submission to God's
command. Muslims commemorate this ultimate act of sacrifice every year during
Eid al-Adha. While Prophet Abraham was prepared to make an ultimate sacrifice,
God ultimately prevents the sacrifice, additionally signifying that one should
never sacrifice a human life, especially not in the name of God.
must attend Eid Prayers
According to some fiqh (traditional
Islamic law) (although there is some disagreement).
should go to mosque—or a Eidgah (a field where eid prayer held)—to
perform eid prayer; Salat al-Eid is Wajib according to Hanafi and Shia(Ja'fari) scholars, Sunnah al-Mu'kkadah according
to Maliki and Shafi'ijurisprudence. Women are also highly
encouraged to attend, although it is not compulsory. Menstruating women do not
participate in the formal prayer, but should be present to witness the goodness
and the gathering of the Muslims.
which excludes travellers.
in good health.
is it performed
The Eid al-Adha prayer is performed
any time after the sun completely rises up to just before the entering of Zuhr time,
on the 10th of Dhu al-Hijjah. In the event of aforce majeure (e.g.
natural disaster), the prayer may be delayed to the 11th of Dhu al-Hijjah and
then to the 12th of Dhu al-Hijjah.
Sunnah of preparation
In keeping with the sunnah of Prophet
Muslims are encouraged to prepare themselves for the occasion of Eid. Below is
a list of things Muslims are recommended to do in preparation for the Eid
1.Make wudu (ablution) and offer Salat al-Fajr
(the pre-sunrise prayer).
for personal cleanliness—take care of details of clothing, etc.
up, putting on new or best clothes available.
of the Eid prayers
The scholars differed concerning the
ruling on Eid prayers.
There are three scholarly points of view:
Eid prayer is Fard Kifaya (communal obligation). This is the
view of Abu Hanifa.
it is Wajib on all Muslim men (a duty for each Muslim and is
obligatory for men); those who do not do it without an excuse are considered
sinners. This is the view of Ahmad ibn Hanbal, and was also narrated from
Eid prayers must be offered in
congregation. Participation of women in the prayer congregation varies from
community to community.It consists of
two rakats (units)
with seven takbirs in
the first Raka'ah and five Takbirs in the second Raka'ah. For Sunni Muslims,
Salat al-Eid differs from the five daily canonical prayers in that no adhan (call
to prayer) or iqama (call)
is pronounced for the two Eid prayers. The salat (prayer)
is then followed by the khutbah, or sermon, by the Imam.
At the conclusion of the prayers and
sermon, Muslims embrace and exchange greetings with one other (Eid
Mubarak), give gifts (Eidi) to children, and visit
one another. Many Muslims also take this opportunity to invite their non-Muslim
friends, neighbours, co-workers and classmates to their Eid festivities to
better acquaint them about Islam and Muslim culture.
Takbir and other rites
Prayers in Comilla, Bangladesh can be seen attending Khutbah as part of the Eid al-Adha prayers on 7 November
The Takbir is recited from the dawn of
the ninth of Dhu al-Hijjah to the thirteenth, and consists of:
akbar, Allāhu akbar
akbar, Allāhu akbar
God is greatest, God is
There is no god but God
God is greatest, God is greatest
and to God goes all praise.
Multiple variations of
this recitation exist across the Muslim world.
Traditions and practices
Men, women, and children
are expected to dress in their finest clothing to perform Eid prayer in a large
congregation in an open waqf ("stopping")
field called Eidgah or mosque. Affluent Muslims who can afford it sacrifice
their best halal domestic
animals (usually a cow, but can also be a camel, goat, sheep, or ram depending
on the region) as a symbol of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his only son.
The sacrificed animals, called aḍḥiya (Arabic: أضحية),
known also by the Perso-Arabic term qurbāni, have to meet
certain age and quality standards or else the animal is considered an
unacceptable sacrifice. This tradition accounts for the slaughter of more than
100 million animals in only two days of Eid. In Pakistan alone nearly ten
million animals are slaughtered on Eid days costing over US$3 billion.
The meat from the
sacrificed animal is preferred to be divided into three parts. The family
retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends,
and neighbors; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy. Though
the division is purely optional wherein either all the meat may be kept with
oneself or may be given away to poor or needy, the preferred method as per
sunnah of Prophet Muhammad is dividing it in three parts.
The regular charitable
practices of the Muslim community are demonstrated during Eid al-Adha by
concerted efforts to see that no impoverished person is left without an
opportunity to partake in the sacrificial meal during these days. Hajj is also
performed in Saudi Arabia before Eid ul Adha and millions of Muslims perform
Hajj. On the event of Hajj lots of Muslims slaughter animals and divide major
part of the meat in the poor people.
During Eid al-Adha,
distributing meat amongst the people, chanting the takbir out
loud before the Eid prayers on the first day and after prayers throughout the
four days of Eid, are considered essential parts of this important Islamic
festival. In some countries, families that do not own livestock can make a
contribution to a charity that will provide meat to those who are in need.
Virtues of the Ten Days
swears an oath by them, and swearing an oath by something is indicative of its
importance and great benefit. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
"By the dawn; by the ten nights" [al-Fajr 89:1-2]. Ibn
‘Abbaas, Ibn al-Zubayr, Mujaahid and others of the earlier and later
generations said that this refers to the first ten days of
Dhu’l-Hijjah. Ibn Katheer said: "This is the correct opinion."
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) testified that these are the
best days of this world, as we have already quoted above from saheeh
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) encouraged people to do
righteous deeds because of the virtue of this season for people throughout the
world, and also because of the virtue of the place - for the Hujjaaj (pilgrims)
to the Sacred House of Allah.
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) commanded us to recite a lot
of Tasbeeh ("Subhan-Allah"), Tahmeed ("Al-hamdu
Lillaah") andTakbeer ("Allahu akbar")
during this time. ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him and his
father) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
said: "There are no days greater in the sight of Allah and in which
righteous deeds are more beloved to Him than these ten days, so
during this time recite a great deal of Tahleel ("La
ilaaha ill-Allah"), Takbeer and Tahmeed."
5. These ten days
include Yawm ‘Arafaah (the Day of ‘Arafaah), on
which Allah perfected His Religion. Fasting on this day will expiate
for the sins of two years. These days also include Yawm al-Nahar (the Day of
Sacrifice), the greatest day of the entire year and the
greatest dayof Hajj, which combines acts of worship in a way unlike any
6. These ten days
include the days of sacrifice and of Hajj.
What must the Muslim avoid during these ten days if he
wants to offer a sacrifice?
The Sunnah indicates that the one who wants to offer a sacrifice
must stop cutting his hair and nails and removing anything from his skin, from
the beginning of the ten days until after he has offered his sacrifice,
because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "When
you see the new moon of Dhu’l-Hijjah, if any one of you wants to offer a
sacrifice, then he should stop cutting his hair and nails until he has offered
his sacrifice." According to another report he said: "He should not
remove (literally, touch) anything from his hair or skin."
The Prophet’s instruction here makes one thing obligatory and his
prohibition makes another haraam, according to the soundest opinion, because
these commands and prohibitions are unconditional and unavoidable. However, if
a person does any of these things deliberately, he must seek Allah’s
forgiveness but is not required to offer (an extra) sacrifice in expiation; his
sacrifice will be acceptable. Whoever needs to remove some hair, nails, etc.
because it is harming him, such as having a broken nail or a wound in a site
where there is hair, should do so, and there is nothing wrong with that. The
state of ihraam is so important that it is permitted to cut
one’s hair if leaving it will cause harm. There is nothing wrong with men or
women washing their heads during the first ten days of
Dhu’l-Hijjah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
only forbade cutting the hair, not washing it.
The wisdom behind this prohibition of the one who wants to offer a
sacrifice from cutting his hair etc., is so that he may resemble those in ihraam in
some aspects of the rituals performed, and so that he may draw closer to Allah
by offering the sacrifice. So he leaves his hair and nails alone until the time
when he has offered his sacrifice, in the hope that Allah will save him in his
entirety from the Fire. And Allah knows best.
If a person has cut his hair or nails during
the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah because he was not
planning to offer a sacrifice, then he decides later, during
the ten days, to offer a sacrifice, then he must refrain from cutting
his hair and nails from the moment he makes this decision.
Some women may delegate their brothers or sons to make the
sacrifice on their behalf, then cut their hair during these ten days. This
is not correct, because the ruling applies to the one who is offering the
sacrifice, whether or not he (or she) delegates someone else to carry out the
actual deed. The prohibition does not apply to the person delegated, only to
the person who is making the sacrifice, as is indicated in the hadeeth. The
person who is sacrificing on behalf of someone else, for whatever reason, does
not have to adhere to this prohibition.
This prohibition appears to apply only to the one who is offering
the sacrifice, not to his wife and children, unless any of them is offering a
sacrifice in his or her own right, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allah be upon him) used to sacrifice "on behalf of the family of
Muhammad," but there are no reports that say he forbade them to cut their
hair or nails at that time.
If a person was planning to offer a sacrifice, then he decides to
go and perform Hajj, he should not cut his hair or nails if he wants to
enter ihraam, because the Sunnah is only to cut hair and nails when
necessary. But if he is performingTamattu’ [whereby he performs
‘Umrah, comes out of ihraam and enters ihraam anew
for Hajj], he should trim his hair at the end of his ‘Umrah because this is
part of the ritual.
The things that are described above as being prohibited for the
person who is planning to offer a sacrifice are reported in the hadeeth quoted
above; the person is not forbidden to wear perfume, have marital relations,
wear sewn garments, etc.
Among the good deeds which the Muslim should strive to do during
the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah are:
It is Sunnah to fast on the ninth day of Dhu’l-Hijjah, because the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) urged us to do good deeds during
this time, and fasting is one of the best of deeds. Allah has chosen fasting
for Himself, as is stated in the hadeeth qudsi: "Allah says:
‘All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except for fasting, which is for
Me and I am the One Who will reward him for it.’"
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to fast on the
ninth of Dhu’l-Hijjah. Hunaydah ibn Khaalid reported from his wife that some of
the wives of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
"The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to fast on
the ninth of Dhu’l-Hijjah, on the day of ‘Aashooraa’, on three days
of each month, and on the first two Mondays and Thursdays of each
It is Sunnah to say Takbeer ("Allahu akbar"), Tahmeed ("Al-hamdu
Lillaah"), Tahleel ("La ilaha ill-Allah")
and Tasbeeh ("Subhaan Allah") during
the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, and to say it loudly in the
mosque, the home, the street and every place where it is permitted to remember
Allah and mention His name out loud, as an act of worship and as a proclamation
of the greatness of Allah, may He be exalted.
should recite these phrases out loud, and women should recite them quietly.
says (interpretation of the meaning):
they might witness things that are of benefit to them (i.e., reward of Hajj in
the Hereafter, and also some worldly gain from trade, etc.), and mention the
name of Allah on appointed days, over the beast of cattle that He has provided
for them (for sacrifice)..." [al-Hajj22:28]
majority of scholars agree that the "appointed days" are
the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, because of the words of Ibn
‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him and his father): "The ‘appointed
days’ are the firstten days (of Dhu’l-Hijjah)."
The Takbeer may
include the words "Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, la ilaaha
ill-Allah; Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar wa Lillaahi’l-hamd(Allah
is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, there is no god but Allah; Allah is Most
Great and to Allah be praise)," as well as other phrases.
this time is an aspect of the Sunnah that has been forgotten, especially during
the early part of this period, so much so that one hardly ever hearsTakbeer,
except from a few people. This Takbeershould be pronounced loudly,
in order to revive the Sunnah and as a reminder to the negligent. There is
sound evidence that Ibn ‘Umar and Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with them)
used to go out in the marketplace during the first ten days of
Dhu’l-Hijjah, reciting Takbeer, and the people would recite Takbeerwhen
they heard them. The idea behind reminding the people to recite Takbeer is
that each one should recite it individually, not in unison, as there is no
basis in Sharee’ah for doing this.
aspects of the Sunnah that have been virtually forgotten is a deed that will
bring an immense reward, as is indicated by the words of the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allah be upon him): "Whoever revives an aspect of my Sunnah
that is forgotten after my death, he will have a reward equivalent to that of
the people who follow him, without it detracting in the least from their
reward."; this is a hasan hadeeth because of corroborating asaaneed).
Hajj and ‘Umrah. One of the best deeds that one can do during
these ten days is to perform Hajj to the Sacred House of Allah. The
one whom Allah helps to go on Hajj to His House and to perform all the rituals
properly is included in the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah
be upon him): "An accepted Hajj brings no less a reward than
more good deeds in general, because good deeds are beloved by Allah and will
bring a great reward from Him. Whoever is not able to go to Hajj should occupy
himself at this blessed time by worshipping Allah, praying (salaat),
reading Qur’an, remembering Allah, making supplication (du’aa’), giving
charity, honoring his parents, upholding the ties of kinship, enjoining what is
good and forbidding what is evil, and other good deeds and acts of worship.
One of the good deeds that will bring a person closer to Allah during
these ten days is offering a sacrifice, by choosing a high-quality
animal and fattening it, spending money for the sake of Allah.
repentance. One of the most important things to do during
these ten days is to repent sincerely to Allah and to give up all
kinds of disobedience and sin. Repentance means coming back to Allah and
foregoing all the deeds, open and secret, that He dislikes, out of regret for
what has passed, giving it up immediately and being determined never to return
to it, but to adhere firmly to the Truth by doing what Allah loves.
If a Muslim commits a sin, he must hasten to repent at once,
without delay, firstly because he does not know when he will die, and secondly
because one evil deed leads to another.
Repentance at special times is very important because in most cases
people’s thoughts turn towards worship at these times, and they are keen to do
good, which leads to them recognizing their sins and feeling regret for the
past. Repentance is obligatory at all times, but when the Muslim combines
sincere repentance with good deeds during the days of most virtue, this is a
sign of success, in sha Allah. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
"But as for him who repented, believed and did righteous deeds, then he
will be among those who are successful." [al-Qasas 28:67]
The Muslim should make sure that he does not miss any of these
important occasion, because time is passing quickly. Let him prepare himself by
doing good deeds which will bring him reward when he is most in need of it, for
no matter how much reward he earns, he will find it is less than he needs; the
time of departure is at hand, the journey is frightening, delusions are
widespread, and the road is long, but Allah is ever watchful, and to Him will
we return and render account. As the Qur’aan says (interpretation of the
"So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom, shall
And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom, shall see
There is much to be gained, so make the most of the opportunity
afforded by these invaluable and irreplaceable ten days. Hasten to do good
works, before death strikes, before one can regret one’s negligence and failure
to act, before one is asked to return to a place where no prayers will be
answered, before death intervenes between the hopeful one and the things he
hopes for, before you are trapped with your deeds in the grave.