‘Eed al-Adhaa 1438 – As of 19:37 hours Saudi time

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Monday 21 August, 2017: As of 19:37 hours local Saudi time, we are informed that since the new moon of Dhul-Hijjah was not sighted in Saudi Arabia this evening, the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia has again invited local Muslims to continue to search for the new moon tomorrow evening.

Anyone who sights the new moon – either with the naked eye or using a telescope or binoculars, is advised to promptly inform the local Sharee’ah court of their sighting, in shaa.-Allaah.

In this regard, and until we are advised otherwise, tomorrow – Tuesday 22 August, 2017 – will be the 30th day of Dhul-Qi’dah 1438, in shaa.-Allaah.


IMPORTANTLY: If you intend to offer the Qurbani | ‘Eed Sacrifice, then be sure to refrain from cutting your hair and nails from the 1st of Dhul-Hijjah until the slaughter is complete. Should you wish to offer the Qurbani | ‘Eed Sacrifice, then you can do so here.

The Prophet ﷺ said:

«The people of each household should offer an [‘Eed] sacrifice every year» – transmitted by Ahmad, 20207. al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar said in Fat.hul-Baaree: ‘Its isnaad is strong.’ It is classed as Hasan by al-Albaanee in Saheeh Sunan Abee Daawood, 2788.

The Messenger of Allaah ﷺ also said:

«Whoever can afford it but does not offer a sacrifice, let him not come near our place of prayer» – transmitted by Ibn Maajah, 3123; classed as Hasan by al-Albaanee in Saheeh Ibn Maajah.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen was asked: What is the correct opinion regarding the sacrifice [of ‘Eed al-Adh.haa]? The Shaykh responded:

That which is apparent to me is the sacrifice is not obligatory. However, it is a highly recommended Sunnah, and is [therefore] disliked for one who is able [to offer it] to abstain from doing so. Ref: al-Fataawa al-Muhimmah – Page 743

Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan was asked: Is it permissible to pay the price of [having] the [udhiyah] sacrifice [carried out], or is it better to [personally] undertake the [udhiyah] sacrifice and take some of [the meat]? The Shaykh responded:

It is better to sacrifice the udhiyah (qurbani) at home in the presence of his family, [locally] in his country – that is better, and if it is slaughtered [abroad on his behalf] here, then there is no harm [in doing so]. Ref: Duroos wa Fataawa al-Hajj – Volume 1, Page 17, No.24

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