Regarding Eid al Adha 1432 (2011)

اَلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَا تُهُ

Many people in the community have begun making inquiries about the possible dates for Eid al Adha. As we do follow criterion for moon-sighting, our possible dates for the observance of Eid al Adha will be November 6 or November 7, 2011. According to Muslim astronomers whom we are in consultation with, they feel the possibility is greater for the 7th, however the possibility for the sixth is still an option.

Given that Eid al Adha is on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah, all the confusion will be sorted out when the crescent moon for Dhul Hijjah is confirmed (most probably around the 28th of October).

For those of you who wish to follow foreign countries for your major days of celebration, you of course will still have that option. However, we have decided that as we live in the United States of America, local moon-sightings are more appropriate for us.



One response to “Regarding Eid al Adha 1432 (2011)

  1. Jazakullah Khair Imam. Finally,The Islamic Society of GSL is going to stick with the criteria for BOTH eids and not succumb to pressure about one country (mind you, the Hajj is in this country) sighting or one nationality being the criteria for Eid Ul-Adha in the WHOLE world. Note, for Eid-Ul-Fitr they declared it incorrectly. I am especially pleased with this criteria because our board used to keep one criteria for both eids in the past but, the last couple of years the board was unable to maintain this criteria and stand their ground.I also was always troubled by the idea that Saudi Arabia frowns on declaring Eid on a Friday because it weighs too heavy on the king? to have two khutbas? hmmm, how is the king more important than the faith plus, Islam is not supposed to give importance to man-made hierarchies, right? With this announcement, I pray that this also means that our mosques will not have 2 eids and accommodate those who do not want to follow your declaration. DECLARE IT and keep only one eid at ALL locations shows our kids some consistency and being solid about the decision.