Wishing you a peaceful, happy & healthy Eid al-Adha
Islam Channel wishes all of its viewers a happy, safe and blessed Eid al-Adha.
Join us on Islam Channel for live Hajj coverage, Eid prayers from Makkah, Madinah and across the UK, the Eid Nasheed show and more.
The Eid Nasheed show is sure to become a new favourite - watch it on Tuesday 20th July at 6.30pm with repeats shown throughout the week.
On Tuesday evening we have a dedicated emergency Covid appeal to raise much-needed funds for those suffering in Tunisia as the healthcare system is overwhelmed by the number of people with Covid-19.
On Saturday 24th July you can bring together all the family for fun for all ages with the Big Eid Show from 4pm and the National Ramadan Quiz Show Hajj Special at 5.30pm.
To find out more about what is happening on Islam Channel during Eid check our online TV guide.
Fact file for non-Muslims
When will Eid al-Adha be celebrated?
Eid al-Adha is translated as the Feast of Sacrifice and is one of the two major Islamic festivals in the Islamic Calendar (the other is Eid al-Fitr). In 2021, it will be celebrated on Tuesday 20th July according to the Gregorian Calendar between the 10th to the 13th day of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah based on the crescent moon sighting.
What is the significance of Eid al-Adha?
This feast falls on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah and is the concluding act of pilgrimage taking place in Makkah. This feast is in honour of the Prophet Ibrahim's (AS) faith. Sacrificing animals such as camels, goats and sheep in the path of Allah (SWT) recognises his trial when his faith was tested regarding his willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail (AS). It's a public holiday in all Muslim majority countries.
How do Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha?
Eid al-Adha starts with Muslims going to the mosque for prayers. They dress in their best clothes and thank Allah for all the blessings they have received. It is a time when they visit family and friends. Muslims will also give money to charity so that poor people can celebrate too.
In the evening, a traditional meal to commemorate Eid al-Adha would be eating lamb that has been sacrificed or bought from a butcher or supermarket. The lamb is usually cut into three: one to keep; the second for family and friends and the third for the needy and the poor.