One of the wives of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said:
“Allah’s Messenger used to fast the [first] nine days of Dhul-Hijjah, the day of `Ashurah, and three days of each month.”
[Reported by Abu Dawud]
Saudi Arabia have announced that the first of Dhul Hijjah 1433 will begin tomorrow, Wednesday 17 October 2012. The day of ‘Arafa will fall on Thursday 18 October and ‘Eid Al Adha will be on Friday 26 October.
May Allah shower his mercy upon us all in these blessed 10 Day of Dhul Hijjah and count us from amongst those that he pardons.
* For those following local moon sightings, today is 29 Dhul Qa’dah 1433 and therefore if the moon is sighted tonight (of which there is a high probability that it will be sighted) then Dhul Hijjah will commence on Wednesday as per the Saudi Announcement. However, if for some reason the moon is not sighted locally then some people may choose to start Dhul Hijjah on Thursday 18 October 2012.