Eidul Adha – Hajj & Arafah – Covid 19

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Question:

Salam,

If muslim are not allowed to perform hajj this year due to COVID 19, will there still be a day of Arafah and Eid Al Adha?

Answer:

Wa alaykum salam.

The 9th of Dhu’l Hijjah is known as ‘the Day of `Arafah’. This is regardless of whether one is performing hajj or not or whether hajj is even being performed by anyone or not.
So in other words the day of Arafah isn’t linked to hajj being performed or not, it’s linked to the 9th day of Zil Hijjah.

Furthermore it is quite possible that the day of Arafah occurs on a different day in other parts of the world than Saudi Arabia due to those countries observing local moonsighting.

The same ruling applies to Eid ul Adhah, ie Eid ul Adhah occurs on the 10th of Zil Hijjah wherever one is residing irrespective of what day it occurs in Saudi Arabia or whether hajj is being performed or not.

So one should continue doing the deeds that one is encouraged to do like fasting on the day of Arafah (9th Zil Hijjah) and sacrificing of animals on Eid days (10th, 11th and 12th) regardless of whether hajj is being performed or not or whether our 10th of Zil Hijjah corresponds to the same day in Saudi Arabia.

Having said that we pray that the worship known as the hajj (pilgrimage) will be performed this year. One would think that even if the Covid 19 restrictions haven’t been lifted by that time, at least the Saudi Government would allow some locals to perform the hajj so that this important worship will still be performed insha Allah.

Allah knows best.

Answered by:
Shaykh Mohammed Shakeeb

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