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We would like to wish all staff and students celebrating Eid, a very Happy Eid Mubarak.

Eid al-Adha, also known as the 'Celebration of the Offering’ is one of the most important occasions in the Muslim calendar. Celebrated on the tenth day of Dhū al-Hijjah (the month of pilgrimage), in the twelfth and final month of the lunar based Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha is due to take place on Tuesday 20 July.

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The celebration marks the spiritual journey of Hajj (the Fifth Pillar of Islam), including the determination of the Prophets as an act of obedience to God, such as Abraham and his family and Prophet Muhammad. In view of this, great numbers of Muslims will embark on the pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia (if possible), and those remaining at home will adhere to spiritual reflection, prayer, fasting, charitable acts and sharing food.

From the beginning of Dhū al-Hijjah until the ninth day ofthe month, Muslims may choose to fast, although this is not mandatory. Then on the tenth day, Eid al-Adha begins and friends and family will gather for a big feast signifying the special occasion, which is celebrated for a few days.

Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha by going to the Mosque or congregating in open areas for prayers early in the morning. Prior to the Eid prayer, Muslims are encouraged to give to charity for those in need. Then it is a time for family and friends to celebrate; by dressing up in smart clothes, enjoying delicious food and exchanging presents such as money, which is given to children, immediate relatives and loved ones.

Imam Mohammed Laher, DMU's Imam and Muslim Chaplain said: “I would like to wish all staff and students at DMU, Eid Mubarak. This is a happy occasion for friends, family, celebrations and giving to those in need. Please do enjoy your celebrations and grant you peace in what you may have planned.”

Please do feel free to share your Eid celebrations by posting to DMU’s Twitter (@dmuleicester and @DMU_Imam) and Instagram (dmuleicester).

For any virtual support or queries, please contact DMU’s Imam Mohammed Laher, by emailing muslimchaplain@dmu.ac.uk.

We would like to wish everyone celebrating a Happy Eid from all of us at DMU.

Posted on Friday 16th July 2021

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