Eid Ul Adha 2020 South Africa, the Festival of Sacrifice, is around the corner, and Muslims are excited to share kindness and love with you regardless of your religion and beliefs. During this second significant religious festival of the Islamic faith, believers emulate prophet Ibrahim's unwavering faith in Allah by offering animal sacrifices. According to the holy Quran, Allah instructed Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, Ismail. Although Satan tempted Ibrahim not to sacrifice his son, his steadfast faith in Allah helped him to overcome the temptation, and God provided a ram to be sacrificed in place of Ismail. When Muslims sacrifice animals on this day, it reminds them to maintain absolute trust in God, just like Ibrahim.
Eid 2020 South Africa will be a little different from the previous years because of the COVID 19 pandemic and the lock-down restrictions. The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) encouraged Muslims to celebrate Ramadhan at home, exercise social distancing, refrain from gathering during the moon sighting, and do not visit loved ones to slow down the rate of coronavirus. Similarly, this is how you should celebrate your Eid 2020.
When is Eid ul Adha?
Eid is celebrated twice a year, Eid al Adha and Ramadan (Eid ul Fitr), but each festival has a different meaning in the Islamic faith. Muslims use an Islamic calendar, a lunar calendar, to calculate the dates of celebrating their festivals according to the lunar phases.
Eid al Adha happens on the first day of the 10th month, while Ramadan is celebrated on the 10th day of the final month in the Islamic calendar. Today, the world uses the solar Gregorian calendar, which is 10 to 12 days longer than the Islamic calendar. Therefore, the dates for Ramadan and Eid ul Adha vary yearly on the Gregorian calendar.
When is Eid in South Africa?
Eid al-Adha 2020 in South Africa will begin on Thursday evening, 30th July, and it will end on Monday evening, 3rd August. The celebration kicks off four days after the commencement of Hajj, which is on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah.
Some non-Islamic countries like Kenya and Islamic states, consider the occasion a public holiday. The South African government allows anyone who wishes to join the Muslims in commemorating this day to exercise their freedom of worship. Nevertheless, Eid al Adha 2020 South Africa is not a public holiday.
How to show respect on Eid ul Adha South Africa
Will you be around Muslim friends or family members on this exceptional day, but you are not Muslim? Show respect if you do not share the same faith because someday you will also need them to respect your beliefs. Here are simple Eid dos and don'ts to avoid offending them:
- Avoid taking pictures of the Qurbani ka Janwar, the animal that will be slaughtered, whether it is dead or alive to show off on social media. Remember that some families are going through tough times in this COVID 19 pandemic that they have nothing to eat, leave alone sharing with others.
- Be content with everything that will be prepared for you in Eid because not all families can afford luxurious meals on this day. If they do not slaughter animals, appreciate what they will put on the table because the most important thing is to sacrifice vices inside you, and cleanse your heart.
- Overcome the temptation to overeat your favourite dishes. Serve yourself enough food and leave the rest for the needy such as the homeless or save the leftovers for the next day. Please show gratitude when someone offers you a gift or food.
- Do not make hurtful jokes when wishing people Eid Mubarak especially when interacting with vegetarians. Although friends and family will let you get away with insensitive jokes, understand that your words will irritate them. Recommend sumptuous vegetarian dishes to your vegan friends.
- Help the family prepare meals like South African cuisines, clean the house, and distribute gifts and food to the neighbours and the needy.
Here are the answers to the frequently asked questions.
When should Eid ul Adha be celebrated?
Hadith states that Eid al Adha should be observed on the 10th of Zel-Hijjah only. However, dates vary yearly because of the 10 to 12 days difference between the Islamic and the Gregorian calendar. In 2020, the event will be held from 30th July to 3rd August.
What is the Islamic date today in South Africa?
The Islamic Hirji date for 13th July 2020 is 22-Dhu al-Qidah-1441.
Is South Africa celebrating Eid tomorrow?
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa has not addressed the Eid celebrations; therefore, you must continue to comply with the lock-down regulations and perform prayers at home. President Ramposa is yet to decide whether to impose more strict lock-down restrictions or open up the country. Those who can access video conferencing apps and other advanced communication technologies can use them to stay in touch with their loved ones throughout the celebrations.
How do you wish someone for Eid?
Wish someone a happy Eid al Adha by saying "Eid Mubarak," which means happy festival.
You can also say:
May the magic of this Eid bring lots of happiness in your life, and may you celebrate it with all your close friends and may it fill your heart with wonders. Eid Mubarak!
May the divine blessings of Allah bring you hope, faith, and joy on Eid al-Adha and forever. Happy Eid al-Adha 2020!
Celebrating Eid Ul Adha 2020 South Africa indoors can also be fun whether you are alone or with your loved ones. Taking part in this occasion is a personal decision because it is more of practising what you believe in to grow in your faith than feasting. The feasting only adds the icing to the cake, but what the event means to you is the most important thing.