ABU DHABI // Dubai's Grand Mufti today said that Thursday, October 25 would be Arafat Day and Friday, October 26, would be the first day of Eid Al Adha.
This is contrary to news reports citing Saudi authorities as saying that Wednesday would be Arafat Day, and Thursday, October 25, would be the first day of Eid Al Adha. Saudi Arabia later declared that tomorrow will be the 1st of Dhu Al Hijja, meaning Eid Al Adha will fall on October 26.
"What Saudi Arabia has announced is that tomorrow will mark the first day of the Hejira month of Dhu Al Hijja, leaving no doubt that Eid Al Adha will fall on Friday, the 10th day of that month," said Dr Ahmed Abdulaziz Al Haddad, the Grand Mufti of Dubai and head of the Fatwa Department.
"The [Muslim] world awaits Waqfat Arafat day, and the day that follows Arafat is by definition Eid. Now, Arafat day is falling on Thursday Dhu Al Hijja 9 (October 25), meaning that Dhu Al Hijja 10 is Eid (October 26)."
The day before Eid Al Adha will be a paid holiday for the private and public sector, the Ministry of Labour had said earlier this month.
A ministry spokesman said if Eid Al Adha fell on Friday, October 26, as many religious scholars believe, it would mean the day before will be a holiday. How long the holiday will be is still unknown.
"The day of waqfat is always a holiday," he said.
Waqfat, also known as waqfat Arafat, is the same day Haj pilgrims go to stand on the mountain of Arafat - the most important part of the Haj. Many Muslims who are not undertaking the Haj fast on the day as part of Sunnah.
The spokesman said the ministry would send out an official announcement closer to the date.