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

Eid al-Adha is set to begin on Saturday 9 July (subject to the sighting of the moon) and last for four days, ending on Wednesday 13 July.

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About Eid

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.

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.

Message from DMU Imam and Muslim Chaplain

Imam Mohammed Laher, DMU’s Imam and Muslim Chaplain said: “Eid is a joyous occasion where friends and family get together to celebrate, including having a big feast. It is also a time for increased compassion and giving to those in need. Please enjoy your celebrations and I would like to wish all staff and students at DMU, a very happy Eid Mubarak.”

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

For any 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 Thursday 7th July 2022

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