At the end of Hajj, the pilgrims and Muslims all over the world observe Eid (Festival) to celebrate the spiritual and all the other achievements. This festival is also known as Eid al-Adh-ha meaning ‘the festival of sacrifice’. Muslims are reminded about that great trial, which Prophet Abraham (Peace be on him) was put to, of sacrificing his young son Prophet Ishmael (Peace be on him).
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Of all the children that accompanied Imam Husain A.S., the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh &
progeny) to Karbala, the story of the suffering and death of Muhammad and Ibrahim, the two young sons
of Muslim bin Aqeel A.S. is particularly sad and moving. Muslim A.S. was cousin of Imam Husain A.S.
and nephew of Imam Ali A.S.
The ninth day of Dhul Hijjah is the day of ‘Arafah. It is the day when Hajj pilgrims stand on the plain of ‘Arafat’ (a flat wide desert about 22 km south east of Makkah Mukarramah) to pray.
‘Arafat literally means knowledge and science.
Imam Husayn’s caravan left Madina on 28th Rajab, 60 A.H. and reached Mecca on the fourth of Shabaan. Imam had not yet made up his mind on where to go. For the time being he decided to stay in Mecca at least until the month of Dhul-Hajj and perform the pilgrimage.
Imam Muhammad Baqir(a.s.), lived in this world for a period of 57 years, and in the 114th year of the Hijra, on the seventh day of the month of Zil-Hijjah, in Medina he left this world. His body was buried in Baqi cemetry alongside the graves of Imam Hasan(a.s.) and Imam Sajjad(a.s) in Medina.
Imam Muhammad Taqi (A) was born when his father was 45 years old. Till then Imam Ali ar-Ridha (A) had constantly been taunted that he had no children. When the 9th Imam was born, a brother of Imam Ali Ridha (A) was angry because he would lose out in inheriting the Imam’s property and in his jealousy spread a rumour that Imam Ali Ridha (A) was not the father. He was eventually proved wrong by a person who could tell parentage.
In the blessed month of Dhu’l-Hijjah, the pious companions of the Holy Prophet and their followers used to do many acts of worship. The first ten days of this month are called “The Stated Days” by the Holy Qur’an.
The next new moon occurs on Monday, 21st August, 2017, at 19:30 BST. On this day it cannot be seen with the unaided eye anywhere in the world.
On Tuesday, 22nd August, 2017, it can easily be seen with the unaided eye in Central and South America. On Wednesday, 23rd August, 2017, it can easily be seen with the unaided eye in Europe and the rest of the world
Imam Raza (Ali ibn Musa) was the son of the seventh Imam and according to well-known accounts was born in 148/765 and died in 203/817. The eight Imam reached the imamate, after the death of his father, through Divine Command and the decree of his forefathers.
The next new moon occurs on Sunday, 23rd July, 2017, at 10:45 BST. On Monday, 24th July, 2017, it can be seen with the unaided eye in most parts of the world. In London, UK, the crescent will be seen with the unaided eye first on Tuesday, 25th July, 2017.