Tomorrow, Muslims in the San Francisco Bay Area will celebrate the holiday that follows Hajj called Eid ul-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), or “festival of the sacrifice.”
Eid ul-Adha, commonly referred to as just “Eid,” commemorates the Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael at God’s command. The holiday is normally celebrated with the prayers, small gifts for children, distribution of meat to the needy, and social gatherings. During this holiday, Muslims exchange the greeting “Eid Mubarak” or “blessed Eid.”
In past years, some two million Muslims, including thousands of American Muslims, go on Hajj. Since COVID-19 continues to be a major threat in the world today, Hajj was restricted to a limited number of individuals who live in Saudi Arabia. These limitations were aimed to preserve public health around the globe.
The National Muslim Task Force published a statement recommending the community to stay quarantined and follow local guidance. A number of local mosques will host online and drive-thru celebrations and some will host social distance compliant prayers for limited numbers of attendees.