Eid Al Adha 2024 : Prayer Timings Across the Emirates

June 14, 2024 - 03:34 PM

Eid Al Adha, one of the most significant festivals in the Islamic calendar, is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic lunar calendar. This year, the auspicious day falls on Sunday, June 16. On this day, Muslims around the world don their best attire and gather in mosques and large open spaces known as musallahs shortly after sunrise to perform special prayers.

Significance of Eid Al Adha

Eid Al Adha, also known as the "Festival of Sacrifice," commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ismail in obedience to God's command. However, God provided a ram to sacrifice instead. The festival is marked by the sacrifice of animals such as sheep, goats, and cows, symbolizing the act of obedience and devotion. The meat from the sacrifice is distributed among family, friends, and the less fortunate.

Prayer Traditions

On Eid Al Adha, the special prayer, known as Salat al-Eid, is performed in congregation. These prayers begin with the Takbir, a series of chants glorifying Allah, which are echoed throughout mosques and musallahs from the Fajr (morning) prayer until the special prayer begins. Muslims attend the prayers with their families, creating a sense of unity and community.

Prayer Timings Across the Emirates

As the day begins, worshippers make their way to their chosen place of prayer. The prayer spaces open from the Fajr prayer, accommodating the early arrivals who seek a place for the Eid prayers. Here are the specific prayer timings for various emirates, based on multiple sources:

  • Abu Dhabi City: 5:50 AM (Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre)
  • Al Ain: 5:44 AM (Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre)
  • Dubai: 5:45 AM (Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai)
  • Sharjah: 5:44 AM (Sharjah Islamic Affairs Department)
  • Ajman: 5:44 AM (Time zone calculations)
  • Umm Al Quwain: 5:43 AM (Time zone calculations)
  • Ras Al Khaimah: 5:41 AM (Time zone calculations)
  • Fujairah: 5:41 AM (Time zone calculations)

These timings are based on available sources and time zone calculations, but they may vary slightly. The exact prayer times will be confirmed by official announcements closer to the day of Eid.

Wishing everyone a blessed and joyous Eid Al Adha!


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