What should I do if my mosque says the Day or Arafah is different from the day the Hajjis go to Arafah? Should I fast when the rest of the Ummah is celebrating Eid if my mosque is celebrating it on a different day?
Although I recommend people to follow their local community when it comes to fasting in Ramadan and celebrating Eid, I would not recommend anyone to fast on the day the Hajjis are celebrating Eid.
The Ummah should unite during the days of Dhul Hijjah. We should show solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are performing Hajj.
It breaks the spirit of unity that Hajj embodies to suggest that millions of Hajjis standing on the plains of Arafat are in the wrong.
Therefore I would recommend all Muslims who are able to fast on the Day of Arafah when the Hajjis are at Arafah, not on a different day.
Muslims should not fast on the day that the Hajjis are celebrating Eid al Adha if their mosque is celebrating Eid the following day. But if your family/community/country has chosen to follow a different calendar, then attend Eid salah with them for the sake of unity in your locality.
It is forbidden to fast on Eid Day and the three days after
We do not fast on the tenth day, which is Eid and it is forbidden to fast on Eid and the three days following it.
Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace be on him) forbade fasting on the day of al-Fitr and al-Nahr (the tenth day of Dhul Hijjah). (Bukhari)
The Prophet (peace be on him) also said:
The days of al-Tashreeq are days of eating, drinking and remembering Allah. (Muslim)
The days of al-Tashreeq which are the three days after Eid al-Adha (the 11th, 12th and 13th of Dhu’l-Hijjah).
May Allah enable us to please Him during these blessed days. Ameen
Shaykh Haytham Tamim 26th June 2023
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