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Eid al-Ghadir
Mosque at Johfa.JPG
Mosque at Johfah near Rabigh, the Hejaz, Saudi Arabia. The event is reported to have occurred somewhere here.
Also calledEid Al-Ghadeer; Yawm al-mithaq (Day of the Covenant)
Observed byMuslims, mostly Shi'ites
SignificanceAppointment of Ali as the successor of Muhammad; completion of the message of Islam
ObservancesPrayers, gift-giving, festive meals, as well as reciting the Du'a Nudba
Date18 Dhu al-Hijjah
2020 date8 August[1]

Eid al-Ghadir (Arabic: عید الغدیر‎) is a Shia feast, and is considered to be among the "significant" feasts of Shia Islam. The Eid is held on 18 Dhu Al-Hijjah at the time when the Islamic prophet Muhammad was said to have appointed Ali ibn Abi Talib as his successor. According to hadiths, this Eid has been named "Eid-e Bozorg-e Elāhi" (Persian: عید بزرگ الهی) (i.e. the greatest divine Eid),[5] "Eid Ahl al-Bayt Muhammad"[6][7] and Ashraf al-A'yaad (i.e. the supreme Eid).[8][9]

Religious background

Ten years after the migration (Hijrah), the Islamic prophet Muhammad ordered his followers to call upon people everywhere to join him in his last pilgrimage. Islamic scholars believe more than seventy thousand people followed Muhammad on his way to Mecca, where, on the fourth day of the month of Dhu'l-Hijjah, there were more than one hundred thousand Muslims present for his entry into the city.[10][11] While returning from this pilgrimage, on 18 Dhu'l-Hijjah 10 AH (March 632 CE) at an area known as Ghadir Khumm, Muhammad delivered a well-known sermon during which he called up his cousin and son-in-law Ali ibn Abi Talib and declared, "to whomsoever I am Mawla, Ali is also their Mawla". While the meaning of the word Mawla can be interpreted in several ways, including as "friend" or "master", Shi'ites view it as being the latter and thus see the sermon as being the official designation of Ali as Muhammad's successor.[12] As a result, the date of the sermon is considered to be one of the foundational events of Shia Islam, with the anniversary becoming one of its most important annual celebrations as "Eid al-Ghadir".[13][14]


Shia Muslims throughout the world celebrate this event annually with diverse customs.[15][16] It is held in different countries, including Iran,[17][18][19] India, Pakistan, Azerbaijan,[20] Iraq,[21][22] UAE, Yemen, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Bahrain, and Syria. Shia Muslims also celebrate Eid Ghadir in Europe and the Americas, including the U.S., UK, Germany, France.[23][24][25][26]

See also


  1. ^ "Islamic date converter". IslamicFinder. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Special security measures in Najaf ahead of Eid Al-Ghadir". 17 September 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Iran Public Holidays 2016 and 2017". Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Iran Public Holidays 2018". Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  5. ^ Al-Hurr al-Aamili, Wasā'il al-Shīʿa, V.8, P.89
  6. ^ The celebration of Ghaidr Retrieved 15 Sep 2018
  7. ^ Sayyed Ibn Tawus, Iqbal al-A'mal, V.2, P.261
  8. ^ Eid Ghadir (Ghadeer)
  9. ^ Muhammad ibn Ya'qub al-Kulayni, Kitab al-Kafi, V.4, P.148
  10. ^ Ghadir Khum
  11. ^ Event of Ghadir Khumm
  12. ^ Vaglieri, Laura Veccia (2012). "G̲h̲adīr K̲h̲umm". Encyclopædia of Islam, Second Edition. Brill Online. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  13. ^ Lindsay, James E. (1957). Daily Life in the Medieval Islamic World. Greenwood Press. p. 163.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  14. ^ Campo, Juan Eduardo (2009). Encyclopedia of Islam. Infobase Publishing. pp. 257–58.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  15. ^ The celebration of the event of Ghadir Khum
  16. ^ Eid (feast) Ghadir-Khum
  17. ^ Ghadir Khum (Eid)
  18. ^ Ghadir celebration, Ahwaz, Iran
  19. ^ Ghadir celebration Retrieved 22 Sep 2018
  20. ^ Islamic countries, Eid Ghadir Khum
  21. ^ Iraq, Eid Ghadir-Khum Retrieved 22 Sep 2018
  22. ^ Eid Ghadir Khum, Iraq Retrieved 22 Sep 2018
  23. ^ Ghadir Khum, celebration
  24. ^ Eid Ghadir-Khum, in Georgia
  25. ^ The celebration of Ghadir, in Saudi Arabia
  26. ^ Ghadir celebration in various countries of the world

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