(November 17, 2009) – Saudi Arabia has declared that the day of Arafah will be on Thursday, November 26, 2009 following its announcement that Wednesday, November 18 is the first day of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah.
The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and the European Council of Fatwa and Research (EFCR) follow the announcement of Hajj by the authorities in Makkah and celebrate Eid ul-Adha after the day of Arafah.
Accordingly, they have declared that Eid ul-Adha will be on Friday, Nov 27, 2009.
Muslims in North America, as well as in many other parts of the world, hold two different opinions about the observance of Eid ul-Adha.
Some observe it on the 10th of Zul Hijjah according to their local lunar date and others follow the announcement of Hajj by the authorities in Makkah.