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Eid al-Adha or Eid al-Hajj?

ISNA and some other groups have been enforcing a “BID’AH” on the Muslims in N. America, and elsewhere. They know that there is no “Daleel” in the Qur’an or the Sunnah for making it Eid al- Hajj but they argue:

1)       Element of place is dominant for Eid al-Adha;

2)       Muslim must show unity with Hujjaj;

3)       Fast is on the Day of Arafah (determined by the official Saudi Hajj date); and

4)       Eid al-Adha is a celebration for completing the rites of Hajj.

They quote Ayah 22:29 as the legal basis.

No Fiqh ever claimed that Eid al-Adha is really Eid al-Hajj. Muslims always celebrated it to walk in the footsteps of Hadrat Ibrahim (AS).

 Qur’an: 

Ahilla (The Crescent moons) are the Mawaqeet…  for (determining the date of) Hajj. (2:189) 

Aayat2:185,2:200 and 22:29 have no relevance for determining the Hajj date. The only correct date of Eid al-Adha all over the world is 10th Day of D. Hijja, counted from the evening D. Hijja Hilaal is seen.

(It is well-known that NONE of the committees in S. Arabia assigned to look for a Hilal ever see a crescent moon on the officially announced dates. It is always SEEN a day or two later there.)

Hadith:

Eid al-Adha is on the 10th day of Dhul-Hijja.

 All Ahadith mention only the 10th as the day of Eid al-Adha. No Hadith mentions: the day after Hajj or Eid al-Adha is a celebration of Hajj. If Eid al-Adha was a celebration of the completion of Hajj rituals then why did the Messenger (S) pray it regularly on the 10th day of D. Hijja for 9 years when there was no Hajj for the Muslims?  

Fiqh:

Eid al-Adha date, like Eid al-Fitr, is to be fixed by the crescent moon.

(Hilal D. Hijja kal-Fitr. (Fath al-Bari )

No Fiqh ever fixed Eid al-Adha date by the Hajj date in Makkah Mukarramah. 

(The Messenger (SAW), Sahaaba and Tabi’in always prayed on the 10th D. Hijja by their sighting, irrespective of when was Hajj in Makka. The Ummah has been doing it on the 10th D.Hijja. NEVER BEFORE anyone fixed it on the ‘Day after Arafah in Makkah’. Similarly, the Messenger (SAW) always fasted on the 9th day of D. Hijja by the date in Medina (or wherever he was, as Ahadith mention it clearly, and not when the Day of Arafah was in Makkah.

Fixing Eid al-Adha date by Saudi-fixed Hajj date is a BID’AH as several prominent Fuqaha have declared. It is a ‘Bid’ah’ of the worst kind when it is certain that the Saudi date of Hajj is 8 of D.Hijja. Ulema accept that Saudi dates of Hajj cannot be based on the‘Ahilla’ of the Qur’an and Sunnah, and yet ISNA persist in its folly by arguing that Eid al-Adha is ‘Eid al-Hajj’.)