The Dhul Hijjah 2023/1444 crescent moon was sighted in Saudi Arabia today, June 18 2023. Eid Al Adha will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 28, 2023, on the same day as the Day of Hajj on Tuesday, June 27.
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MAKKAH, June 18, 2023: Dhul Hijjah 1444’s crescent sighting has now been officially confirmed, filling the air with excitement. Observances of Hajj and Eid Al Adha are set to commence shortly after this sighting marks the beginning of an important period in the Islamic calendar.
Muslim communities across the world take great pride in the sighting, which commemorates the beginning of Dhul Hijjah, the final lunar month of the Islamic calendar.
Hajj 2023 on June 27, 2023
Dhul Hijjah begins on Tuesday, June 27, with the Day of Hajj. The Hajj pilgrimage culminates on this day, which holds immense spiritual significance.
Sacred sites, including the plain of Arafat, are used by pilgrims from around the world to perform rituals and pray. A day of reflection and supplication is held on the Day of Hajj to seek closeness to God.
Eid al Adha on June 28, 2023
On Wednesday, June 28, 2023, Muslims worldwide will celebrate Eid Al Adha following the Day of Hajj. In an act of obedience to God, Prophet Ibrahim sacrificed his son to commemorate the Festival of Sacrifice. Muslim families and friends gather together to pray, exchange greetings, and share meals during this time of joy, unity, and gratitude.
A goat or sheep is sacrificed on Eid Al Adha, symbolizing the willingness to sacrifice for faith and the greater good. A sense of community and generosity is fostered by the distribution of meat from sacrificed animals among family members, neighbors, and those in need.