On a momentous occasion, the sighting of the Dhul Hijjah crescent moon has been confirmed in Pakistan, signalling the start of the holy month and the countdown to Eid ul-Adha.
The announcement of Dhul Hijjah Moon was made after a dedicated committee tasked with moon sighting diligently observed the sky on the evening of June 18, 2023. Read more.
Dhul Hijjah is the twelfth and final month of the Islamic lunar calendar, holding immense significance for Muslims worldwide. This sacred month is particularly revered due to the annual pilgrimage known as Hajj, which takes place in the holy city of Mecca.
The Hajj pilgrimage is a time of deep spirituality, unity, and devotion, as Muslims from all corners embark on a spiritual journey to perform a series of rituals.
During the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims engage in various acts of worship and good deeds. Fasting, reciting the Qur’an, giving charity, and performing additional prayers are encouraged during this blessed period. These acts are believed to bring immense rewards and blessings, fostering a sense of purity and reflection among believers.
The pinnacle of Dhul Hijjah is the tenth day, known as Eid al-Adha or Bakrid, commemorating the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son to obey God’s command.
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Muslims from all over the world celebrate this day with great joy and gratitude by offering special prayers and sacrificing cattle, such as sheep, goats, camels, or cows. The meat from the sacrifices is distributed among family, friends, and the less fortunate, fostering a spirit of generosity and compassion.
The sighting of the Dhul Hijjah moon also marks the beginning of preparations for Eid ul-Adha, one of Muslims’ most significant religious festivals. Families and communities eagerly anticipate the festive occasion, gathering to share meals, exchange gifts, and engage in acts of charity.
With the announcement of the moon sighting in Pakistan, preparations for Eid ul-Adha celebrations will be in full swing. Muslims across the country will engage in fervent prayers, reflections, and acts of devotion during the coming days, culminating in the joyous celebration of Eid ul-Adha on the tenth day of Dhul Hijjah.
As believers embark on this sacred journey, they embrace the values of faith, sacrifice, and unity that Dhul Hijjah symbolizes. The month provides a unique opportunity for spiritual growth as individuals seek forgiveness, strengthen their relationship with Allah, and contemplate their purpose in life.
While Pakistan rejoices in the sighting of the Dhul Hijjah moon, Muslims worldwide eagerly await the announcement of Eid ul-Adha dates in their respective regions. The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has called upon Muslims to actively participate in moon sighting committees across the Kingdom, aiming to unify the start of the festivities for Muslims everywhere.
As the countdown to Eid ul-Adha begins, Muslims worldwide will join in the spirit of Dhul Hijjah, engaging in acts of worship, self-reflection, and benevolence. This sacred month serves as a reminder of the values that underpin the Islamic faith and encourages believers to strengthen their bonds with Allah and their fellow human beings.
May this blessed month bring peace, joy, and spiritual enlightenment to Muslims worldwide as they embark on this sacred journey of devotion and sacrifice. Eid Mubarak!