SHAFAQNA- Millions of Muslims across the globe are celebrating the Islamic holy Eid al-Adha, one of the two most important Islamic holidays.
Muslims all around the world gathered to perform the Eid Al-Adha prayer on the Eid al-Adha holiday.
Devotees dress up and wear perfumes or itr as they head for congregational Eid al-Adha prayers at mosques or Eidgahs (prayers grounds) any time after sunrise to just before the Zuhr or noon prayers.
Following the prayers, many began to slaughter their animals. Their meat will be distributed to the poor as a religious tradition in Islam.
It commemorates Prophet Abraham’s (A.S) acknowledging a divine order upon him to sacrifice his son. Upon submitting to God’s will, Prophet Abraham (Ibrahim) was exempted from performing the order and was offered a ram to sacrifice instead.
According to the Quran and Islamic traditions, Allah tested Prophet Abraham’s faith by commanding him twice to sacrifice his only son, Prophet Ismail (A.S), only to stay his hand when he obliged despite the devil trying to lead him astray.
During Eid Al-Adha holiday people visit their relatives and neighbors and give presents to each other. Young people kiss elders’ hands as a sign of respect.
The holy day is also a chance for charity, social gatherings, festive meals and gift-giving.
The occasion also forms the high point of ongoing Hajj rituals, which are being observed by Muslim pilgrims in Saudi Arabia. They, too, are religiously mandated to perform the sacrifice and distribute offerings among the needy.
Although the majority of Muslims celebrated holiday starting Sunday, for many, including Iran, Eid al-Adha began on Monday.
Millions of Iranian worshipers have performed the Eid al-Adha prayers across Iran, celebrating one of the two most important festivals of the Islamic calendar, Iran Press reported.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani sent out separate congratulatory messages to international Muslims leaders on the occasion.
He took the opportunity to express hope that the world’s Muslim authorities will be able to reinforce unity throughout the Muslim world in order to confront terrorism as well as the unilateralism and imperialistic practices of international hegemonic rulers, presstv told.
People across Turkey and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on Sunday celebrated the first day of Eid Al-Adha, a Muslim holiday.
Many mosques in Turkey packed for early morning prayers and people hosted friends and families at their homes.
Thousands of worshipers exchanged greetings with each other and celebrated the Muslim religious day, AA reported.
Muslims in China came together at Niujie Mosque in the capital Beijing, where police took extra security measures.
The mosque, which is among the oldest in the country, was filled with hundreds of Muslim worshipers who performed the Eid prayers and greeted each other.
Islam has been practiced in China for more than 1,400 years and 10 out of 56 ethnic groups are predominantly Muslims. The Muslim ethnic groups — Hui, Uyghurs, Kyrgyzs, Kazakhs, Tajiks, Tatars, Uzbeks, Salars, Bao’ans, and Dongshiangs — mostly live in northern and northwestern China.
In Russia, all the streets leading to the Moscow Central Mosque were closed to traffic for the Eid prayer.
More than 100,000 Muslims prayed in mosques as well as on the streets.
Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrated the Muslim holiday in a message in which he said the Eid “strengthens eternal values such as love, kindness and compassion.”
Tens of thousands of Muslims in every quadrant of Calgary marked the start of Eid al-Adha on Sunday.
Thousands braved the rain to gather in huge outdoor tents at the Akram Joma Islamic Centre on Sunday morning for prayers, joined by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.
“We learn from this particular day that in order for us to unite, in order for us to make our world a better place we have a responsibility,” said Imam Fayaz Tilly from the Muslim Council of Calgary.
“Part of that responsibility is educating ourselves, sacrificing our time and our wealth to ensure we leave this world in a better place,” said Tilly.
The event was one of many organized by the Muslim Council of Calgary in all corners of the city, cbc reported.
Muslims living in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, North Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo welcomed the Eid al-Adha.
Thousands of Muslims flocked to mosques in the morning to perform the Eid prayer, exchanged Eid greetings with their loved ones and then sacrificed animals.
In Europe, Muslims in the Swedish capital of Stockholm, Germany and in different cities of Italy performed Eid prayer.
In Africa, hundreds of thousands of Muslims gathered for the Eid prayer in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Uganda and Ghana.