Eid ul-Adha, also known as Eid al-Adha and the Feast of the Sacrifice, is the second and the biggest celebration within Islam.
This Eid honours the willingness of the Islamic Prophet Ibrhaim, also known as Abraham, to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to Allah’s command.
However, before Ibrahim could sacrifice his son, God provided him with a lamb to kill in his son’s place.
On this date, Muslims around the world pray to show gratitude to God and create a feeling of community and belongingness.
But when is Eid ul-Adha and when are the allotted prayer times for this festival?
When is Eid ul-Adha?
Eid ul-Adha commences on the evening of Saturday 9 July 2022, but the festival may be celebrated on 9 or 10 July, as this date relies on the sighting of the moon.
In the Islamic calendar, Eid ul-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah and can last up to four days, depending on culture and country.
As the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle, the dates vary from year to year, shifting roughly 11 days earlier each year.
Eid ul-Adha always falls in the same week as the important events of Hajj, which is a holy time for Muslims.
When is Hajj?
This year, Hajj starts at dusk on Thursday 7 July and ends on Tuesday 12 July.
In the Islamic calendar, Hajj takes place over ten days, from 1 to 10 of the twelfth month, Dhu al-Hijjah. This month also holds Eid al-Adha, the Festival of The Sacrifice.
When are the UK prayer times for Eid ul-Adha?
Eid prayer times vary city to city, even across the UK, as it depends on the sun’s path across the sky.
Eid prayers always take place before noon, but the times of dawn differ across the UK, which means the minute differences can affect what time you start your prayer.
The East London Mosque have released their prayer times for this year’s Eid ul-Adha on 9 July 2022. They are as follows:
- 7:00am – led by Shaykh Abdul Qayum
- 8:30am – led by Shaykh Hussain Ibrahim
- 9:30am – led by Shaykh Musleh Faradhi
- 10:30am – led by Shaykh Shafiur Rahman (with BSL)
- 11:30am – led by Shaykh Mohammed Mahmoud
The Birmingham Central Mosque has released their Eid prayer times for 9 July 2022 at:
- 7:00am - Arabic
- 8:00am - in English
- 9:00am - in English and Arabic
- 10:00am - in Urdu and English
- 11:00am - in Urdu
The Manchester Central Mosque has released their Eid prayer times for 10 July 2022:
- 7:00am - led by Hafiz Bashir Ahmed
- 8:00am - led by Hafiz Fahim Ahmed
- 9:00am - led by Hafiz Ozair Tayyib
- 10:00am - led by Hafiz ueen Akhtar
- 11:00am - led by Hafiz Ghulam Mustafa
On Saturday 9 July 2022, the Edinburgh Central Mosque is holding a public Eid prayer at 9:30am in Inverleith Park, but will also hold prayers in the Mosque at:
Glasgow Central Mosque has confirmed their Eid prayer times to be on the 10 July 2022 at:
The Belfast Islamic Centre has their Eid prayers on 9 July 2022, at:
The Shah Jalal Mosque has released their Eid prayer times for 9 July 2022 at:
Why do people pray on Eid?
Eid prayers, also known as Salat al Eid, is a time of celebration where Muslims congregate to show their appreciation and gratitude to God.
The prayer is made up of two rakats (units).
Eid is a celebration of something, and always follows a holy celebration of some kind.
The first Eid of the year follows Ramadan, and is known as Eid al-Fitr, which is known as Smaller Eid. It marks the end of fasting and welcomes the new month. On this Eid, it’s recommended to give alms and offer those who are less fortunate ways of participating in the holiday.
Eid ul-Adha, also known as the Greater Eid as it lasts longer, is the second Eid of the year. This Eid is always celebrated after the holiest day in Islam, the Day of Arafah - when Muslims on the Hajj pilgrimmage make their way to the site where Prophet Muhammad gave one of his last sermons in the final year of his life.
Eid prayers traditionally occur in open spaces, and always take place between sunrise and noon - with some Islamic scholars stating they should begin when the sun reaches roughly three metres above the horizon.