Eid Al Adha 2023 – All You Need To Know About Eid

Eid is a beautiful and lovely day to pray, care, love, smile and celebrate with one another and

Eid is a beautiful and lovely day to pray, care, love, smile, and celebrate with one another and to thank Allah for giving us this wonderful day. Muslims have two Eids legislated by Allah Almighty; Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha. They are different from man-made festivals full of corruption and materialism.

What is Eid?

To begin with, the word Eid means something which is habitual, repeating, or a recurring event. It can also be used for a particular place which people visit periodically. It can mean a time period in which a particular action is done regularly. The plural of Eid is A’yad which means: days of gathering. The word Eid is derived from the Arabic word ‘Ada, which means to return. And Muslims return to this event every year.

And Ibn-ul-Araby said: “The reason it is called like this is because it returns with happiness every year”. The word Eid,  some people say, is also derived from the Arabic word ‘Adah (عادة), which means a custom or a tradition. Muslims are accustomed to celebrating Eid every year; therefore the word Eid. 

What is Eid al Adha 2023?

Eid al adha is the festival that Allah legislates for the Muslims after performing the hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam. Eid al Adha 2023 is expected to be on June 28th.

Its background is that Ibrahim, known as Abraham in the Christian and Jewish traditions, was commanded by God to sacrifice his adult son. He obeyed and took Ishmael (Ismail or Ismael) to a mountain. Just as he was about to sacrifice his son, an angel stopped him and gave him a ram to sacrifice in place of his son. 

The History of Eid in Islam

The two eids in islam were ligislated in the second hijri year.

Narrated Anas ibn Malik:

When the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) came to Medina, the people had two days on which they engaged in games. He asked: What are these two days (what is the significance)? They said: We used to engage ourselves on them in the pre-Islamic period. 

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: Allah has substituted for them something better than them, the day of sacrifice (Eid-ul-Adha) and the day of the breaking of the fast (Eid-ul-Fitr).”    [Abu Dawood]

What’s the Purpose of Eid in Islam?

Eids in Islam aim at thanking Allah Almighty for what He granted us and guided us. Also, Eid to Muslims is a day of reward, happiness and rejoice. The days of Eid are a reward from Allah to His servants for their patience through hardship and performing ‘ibadah/worship.

Also, the wisdom of the legislation of the Eid is for entertainment. And because a person needs entertainment, Allah has legislated the Eid. It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (Prophet Muhammed’s wife) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said on that day – i.e., the day when the Abyssinians played in the mosque:

The Jews should know that there is room for leisure in our religion. I was sent with a tolerant, monotheistic religion.”

Eid to Muslims is not just a day of joy and rejoice, it’s also a day of worship. Indeed every act that Muslims do with good intention is considered an act of worship.  When a Muslim smiles at his brother/ her sister, this smile is a worship.

Muslims are rejoicing what Allah has bestowed upon them of His bounty, and what He has guided them to perform of ordained ‘ibadat (worship). Muslims have two Eids; Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha.

What is Eid al fitr?

Eid al fitr is the festival that Allah Almighty legislates for the Muslims after finishing their fast of the month of Ramadan, the fourth pillar of Islam. It is epected to be this year on April 21st.

What are the Differences between Eid al fitr and Eid al Adha?

Among the differences between eid al fitr and eid al adha is:

  •  Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated during the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal every year. As it’s known, fasting is hard. So Allah gives His believers Eid-ul-Fitr (a feast) after the month of Ramadan. 
  • But Eid-ul-Adha comes after performing the Hajj (pilgrimage) on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah according to the Islamic Calendar. Hajj (pilgrimage) is hard as well, so it is followed by Eid-ul-Adha. Thus, every hard act of worship is followed by a Eid (days of festivity)

Read: Benefits of Eid Al Fitr.

What is the Difference between the Islamic Two Eids and Other Festivals?

The main difference is that the Islamic festivals were legislated by Allah, but the other festivals are man made. Thus, the Islamic two days of eids are sacred, but the other days of man made festivals are not. So, Muslims don’t celebrate these days, especially pagan festivals like Halloween. 

Therefore, it’s sinful and haram if Muslims celebrate or participate in such pagan festivals as they involve the evilest elements of polytheism and disbelief.

Muslim Eids VS Halloween as an Example

Muslims’ celebrations are a time for happiness and rejoice. In festivities, Muslims wear new and good clothes, perfume, smile, and accompany their kids and wives (family) to the congregational prayer. Moreover,  Muslims are in constant remembrance of Allah, uttering the most beautiful words expressing their gratitude and thankfulness to Him for giving them this gift full of joy and happiness. Eid is a celebration that embraces and shows love, brotherhood, peace, and happiness, and promotes the values of solidarity and compassion among all.

On the contrary, Halloween is an annual celebration based on Celtic and European pagan doctrines and traditionally applied to the evening of October 31st.  It is derived from rituals involving dead spirits and devil worship and symbolizes the beginning of the ancient Druid’s New Year, who holds that the dead revisit their homes at that time. In essence, Halloween represents the devil worshipers’ New Year. 

Monsignor Negri says in his article “The Empty Pumpkin Heads”, “Halloween is completely different from our traditions, and is imposed on us commercially as fashion.  And it carries behind the manifestation of the feast, joy and fun, new ideas of idolatry and anti-Christian  aspects of life death.”

Halloween is a frightening and horrific celebration that inspires fear and horror and symbolizes evil and bloodshed in its origin. Pagans-innovated-festivities that generate violence and fear and infuse young people with intimidation teach children violence and eliminate compassion and mercy between young and old people.


Muslims’ celebrations are sacred and promote the values of solidarity and compassion among all people. Remember on Halloween to tell us the difference between the two experiences.

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