Taliban declares Monday as first day of Eid al-Adha, diverging from Saudi Arabia’s schedule

A view of Kabul City. FILE PHOTO

KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban has announced that Monday will be the first day of Eid al-Adha, following the Day of Arafah on Sunday, diverging from Saudi Arabia’s schedule.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesperson for the Taliban, stated on Twitter that in Afghanistan, Sunday, June 16, will be the Day of Arafah, and Monday, June 17, will mark the beginning of Eid al-Adha. This contrasts with Saudi Arabia’s announcement that Saturday, June 15, is the Day of Arafah, with Eid al-Adha commencing on Sunday, June 16.

According to a statement from the Taliban’s Supreme Court, Sunday will be observed as the Day of Arafah, and Monday as the first day of Eid al-Adha. Mujahid emphasized that this schedule is a “religious decree” issued by their high court.