Eid-e-Ghadir 2024: Celebrate the Light of Leadership

Eid-e-Ghadir 2024, celebrated by Shia Muslims on June 24-25, honors the appointment of Ali ibn Abi Talib as a religious authority after Prophet Muhammad.

Eid-e-Ghadir 2024: Shia Muslims celebrate Eid-e-Ghadir on the 18th day of Dhul Hijjah, the last day of the lunar Muslim calendar. The holiday is June 24–25 this year. Shia Muslims call the religious holiday Eid-al-Ghadeer after a significant occurrence. After his cousin Muhammad, Ali ibn Abi Talib became a leader and religious authority, according to their views.

History of Eid-e-Ghadir

After ten years of the migration (Hijrah), the Islamic prophet Muhammad instructed his followers to invite people from all over to join him in his inaugural and final pilgrimage. According to Islamic scholars, a significant number of people accompanied Muhammad on his journey to Mecca. On the fourth day of the month of Dhu’l-Hijjah, a large gathering of over one hundred thousand Muslims welcomed his arrival into the city. On 18 Dhu’l-Hijjah 10 AH (March 632 CE), during a pilgrimage, Muhammad delivered a significant sermon at Ghadir Khumm.

In this sermon, he acknowledged the close relationship with his cousin, brother, and son-in-law Ali ibn Abi Talib, emphasizing their special bond. “Master” can interpret the word Mawla, which suggests that the sermon designates Ali as Muhammad’s successor.[10] Shia Islam widely regards the date of the sermon as a significant event, and Shia Muslims celebrate its anniversary annually as “Eid al-Ghadir”.

To be more precise, Muhammad questioned, “Do I possess greater authority over you than you have over yourselves?” They replied, “Yes, oh prophet of Allah.” He went on to say, “Then, whoever I am the leader of Ali is also their leader.” The word Mawla can have various interpretations, including “friend”. The question established the context for interpreting it as “master” and consequently implied a sense of leadership.

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FAQs for Eid-e-Ghadir

Do non-Muslims allow to join in the festivities of Eid-e-Ghadir?

Organisers invite all faiths to celebrate Eid-e-Ghadir and enjoy communal gatherings and traditional feasts. This inclusive attitude lets people enjoy Muslim culture and religion with their Muslim neighbors.

What are some ways to express well wishes for Eid-e-Ghadir?

One can extend well wishes for Eid-e-Ghadir by saying, “May you have a joyful Eid-e-Ghadir” or “Wishing you a blessed Eid.”

Which customary dishes are linked to Eid-e-Ghadir?

Eid-e-Ghadir is not specifically linked to any particular foods. However, the local culture and community usually indulge in a wide range of traditional dishes, sweets, and desserts during the festivities.

Traditional Activities for Eid-e-Ghadir

Gift-Giving Exchanging Gifts

Families and friends exchange gifts as a gesture of affection and admiration.


For those who are able, visiting the shrines of Ali in Najaf or other significant religious sites can be a meaningful experience.

Dressing in Unique Attire

It is common for individuals to dress in their finest garments to commemorate the event.

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