Eid al Adha a public holiday

Eid al Adha 2020 or Bakra Eid 2020 is expected to be celebrated on Friday, 31 July, 2020. This is the tentative date as the actual date is contingent on the sighting of the moon of Dhul Hijjah, 1441, the 12th and last month of of Islamic Calendar.

The Ministry of Public Service and Labour (MIFOTRA) has announced that the Muslim “Festival of the Sacrifice” well known as Eid al Adha will be celebrated on July 31, 2020 and that it will be a public holiday.

“According to a statement issued by the Muslim Community of Rwanda on July 27, 2020, it is believed that the Feast of Sacrifice Eid al Adha will take place on Friday, July 31, 2020.” reads the statement signed by the Minister of Public Service and Labour, Rwanyindo Kayiranga Fanfan

“The Ministry of Public Service and Labour informs all employers and employees in the public and private sectors of Rwanda that Friday, July 31, 2020 is a public holiday as we are celebrating the day of Eid al Adha.”

Eid al Adha is a festival celebrated among Muslims all over the world in remembrance of the sacrifice that Prophet Ibrahim made out of his strong faith in Allah.

Ibrahim (AS) showed a willingness to sacrifice his son Prophet Ismail but his son was replaced with a lamb by Allah. Allah was so pleased with Ibrahim’s (A.S.) submission to Him that He made this demonstration of sacrifice and faith a permanent part of a Muslim’s life. This event is mentioned in Quran – Surah As-Saffat (37:102). 

Hence, every year on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid al Adha. On this day, Muslims slaughter a lamb, sheep, goat or a camel to honor the sacrifice of Ibrahim (AS).

Both Eid ul Fitr and Eid Al-Adha and have great significance in Islam as the same is evident from the following Hadith of Prophet Mohammad.

Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al Adha for two to four days (depending on the country). However, there are some Sunnah which every Muslim should follow while celebrating this great festival.

Nowadays, Muslims who are willing to do so, are required to make their sacrifices but avoid fellowship activities as they would hinder the Government’s efforts to prevent the spreading of the Coronavirus.

Sacrifice of animal or Qurbani on the day of Eid al Adha is a confirmed Sunnah of not only Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) but also of our beloved Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W.). However, some Scholars are of the opinion that is ‘Wajib’ (obligatory).

Sacrifice of cattle is a great worship of Allah and this brings the person offering sacrifice close of Allah.

Abu Hurairah reported that Prophet Mohammad said:

“Whoever can afford it [sacrifice], but does not offer a sacrifice, let him not come near our prayer place.” (Ibn Majah:3123)

Hadith clearly mentions the importance of sacrifice and it is also a warning for those Muslims who have means to offer a sacrifice on Eid al Adha but don’t perform this great Sunnah due to some lame excuses or some other worldly-reasons.

So enjoy this festival by eating and thanking Allah for His blessings and providing opportunity to fulfill this great Sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.). But don’t forget your under-privileged fellow Muslim brother and sisters who don’t have the means to celebrate this blessed festival. Happy Eid al Adha!!.


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