Eid Al Adha Announcement
As salaamu alaykum,
The Islamic Community Center of Lancaster wishes all a blessed Eid Al-Adha and spiritual Hajj. We also extend a joyous Eid Al-Adha to everyone with special prayers for God's mercy and peace.
The astronomical new moon has been sighted on August 1, 2019, therefore the first day of Dhul Hijjah 1440 is Friday, August 2nd. The day of Arafah – the main day of Hajj - is expected to be on Saturday, August 10th and so the Eid Al-Adha 1440 is expected on Sunday, August 11, 2019.
As nearly 3 million Muslims descend upon Makkah in these blessed days, we are reminded of the universal spirit of brotherhood that is embodied by the pilgrimage. We hope that American Muslims will observe this day with full piety and dignity—sharing our festivities with our neighbors, co-workers, and friends as we embrace this joyous season.
During these blessed days, Muslims around the world commemorate the tradition and sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) and share God's favors upon them with those in need. While sacrifice often implies the loss or giving up of something, as Muslims we believe that any sacrifice that is done for the sake of God only enriches our lives. It is a means of showing our gratitude to God for what he has given us as He reminds Muslims in the Quran: "If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; 14;7.
Let us show our gratitude by sharing some of our Qurbani/Udhiya with people that are most in need. Please contact ICCL your local community partner to distribute your Qurbani/Udiyah; Zakat Foundation (www.zakat.org/), Islamic Relief USA (www.irusa.org/), DSAK Foundation (https://www.facebook.com/DSAKFoundation/) without Limits.
May God, Most High, accept our efforts in His way and allow us to reap the benefits of Dhul Hijjah. May He accept the Hajj of those sisters and brothers fortunate enough to embark on this unforgettable journey and allow us all to visit His beloved house in the years to come. Ameen.
As Eid locations and times are confirmed, for your convenience we will be posting on our website.
Please accept our warmest congratulations on this blessed occasion and keep us in your prayers!
Eid Al-Adha Kareem