Muslims around the world celebrate Eid Al-Adha

Muslims around the world celebrate Eid Al-Adha
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A clown sprays foam on the first day of Eid Al-Adha near the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s old city. (AP)
Muslims around the world celebrate Eid Al-Adha
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This aerial view shows Albanian Muslims as they pray in the main square of Kavaja to mark the first day of the Eid Al-Adha Festival. (AFP)
Muslims around the world celebrate Eid Al-Adha
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Afghan Muslim men perform Eid-al-Adha prayers in Jalalabad. (AFP)
Muslims around the world celebrate Eid Al-Adha
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Israeli Arabs sail in the Mediterranean sea near the ancient wall surrounding the old port, on the first day of the Eid Al-Adha Muslim holiday, in Acre, Israel. (AP)
Muslims around the world celebrate Eid Al-Adha
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Muslim men take part in the morning prayers outside a mosque in the Omani capital Muscat on the first day of Eid Al-Adha. (AFP)
Muslims around the world celebrate Eid Al-Adha
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A Malian woman poses with her henna decorated hands and painted fingernails, on the eve of the Islamic Festival of Eid Al-Adha, in Bamako. (AFP)
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Muslim faithfuls take part in prayer at the Jamacadaha Stadium in Mogadishu on the first day of Eid Al-Adha, or Festival of Sacrifice. (AFP)
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Palestinians visit the compound known to Muslims as Al-Haram Al-Sharif in Jerusalem’s Old City, following morning prayers marking the first day of Eid Al-Adha celebrations. (Reuters)
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Palestinian girls take a selfie following morning prayers marking the first day of Eid Al-Adha celebrations, on the compound known to Muslims as Al-Haram Al-Sharif in Jerusalem’s Old City. (Reuters)
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Muslim faithful attend prayers to mark Kurban-Ait, also known as Eid Al-Adha, at an open field in Nairobi, Kenya. (Reuters)
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Palestinian Muslims attend the Eid al-Adha morning prayer in Gaza City. (AFP)
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Muslim faithful pray to mark Kurban-Ait, also known as Eid Al-Adha, at an open field in Nairobi, Kenya. (Reuters)
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Muslims pray outside the Moscow Cathedral Mosque during celebrations of Eid Al-Adha, a feast celebrated by Muslims worldwide, which Muslims in Russia call Kurban-Bairam, in Moscow, Russia. (AP)
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A handout picture released by the Jordanian Royal Palace shows Jordanian King Abdullah II (4th L) and is son, Crown Prince Hussein (3rd L), performing the Eid Al-Adha prayer at a mosque in the town of Al-Fuhays near the Jordanian capital Amman. (AFP / Jordanian Royal Palace / Yousef Allan)
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Muslim faithful attend prayers to mark Kurban-Ait, also known as Eid Al-Adha, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Reuters)
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Muslims wait for the traditional prayer of Eid Al-Adha at the central mosque of Bamako. (AFP)
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Rohingya refugees gather in a cattle market to trade cows ahead of Eid Al-Adha in Kutupaloong Refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. (Reuters)
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Palestinian Muslims attend the Eid Al-Adha morning prayer in Gaza City. (AFP)
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Muslim faithfuls pray to celebrate Eid Al-Adha festival at Adjame mosque in Abidjan. (AFP)
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An Indian vendor kid feeds his goat at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eid Al-Adha festival in the old quarters of New Delhi. (AFP)
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Muslim faithful attend prayers to mark Kurban-Ait, also known as Eid Al-Adha, in Mogadishu, Somalia. (Reuters)
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Syrians visit the tombs of loved ones on the first day of Eid Al-Adha in the northern city of Azaz in the rebel-held region of Aleppo province, near the border with Turkey. (AFP)
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Muslim faithful sing and dance after attending prayers to mark Kurban-Ait, also known as Eid Al-Adha, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Reuters)
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Muslim worshippers perform the Eid Al-Adha morning prayer outside Beirut’s landmark Mohammad Al-Amin mosque. (AFP)
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An enterprising Filipino Muslim brings out her sweets as she prepares to pray outside the Blue Mosque in observance of Eid Al-Adha in suburban Taguig city, east of Manila, Philippines. (AP)
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Muslim faithfuls pray to celebrate Eid Al-Adha festival at Adjame mosque in Abidjan. (AFP)
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Men and boys pray to mark the first day of Eid Al-Adha outside the Sultan Mehmet Fatih mosque in Pristina, Kosovo. (AP)
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Artists walk past as a man leads a sheep for slaughtering to mark Kurban-Ait, also known as Eid Al-Adha, at the Central Mosque in Almaty, Kazakhstan. (Reuters)
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A young Palestinian girl flies a helium balloon near the Dome of the Rock at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s old city on the first day of Eid Al-Adha. (AFP)
Updated 21 August 2018

Muslims around the world celebrate Eid Al-Adha

Muslims around the world celebrate Eid Al-Adha

LONDON: Muslims around the world marked the Eid Al-Adha holiday on Tuesday, gathering at mosques or in vast open sites to celebrate one of the two most important festivals of the Islamic calendar.
Commemorating the willingness of Ibrahim, or Abraham, to sacrifice his son on God’s command, Muslims mark the holiday by slaughtering animals such as sheep and goats. The meat is shared among family and friends and also donated to the poor.
Palestinians visited the compound known to Muslims as Al-Haram Al-Sharif in Jerusalem’s Old City, following morning prayers marking the first day of the Eid Al-Adha celebration.
In Syria, President Bashar Assad attended prayers at a mosque in Damascus.
The festival was also celebrated across Africa and Asia. In the Kenyan capital Nairobi thousands gathered in a field for mass prayers, the faithful also met in the Somali capital Mogadishu, and prayed at Almaty’s Central Mosque in Kazakhstan.
More than 226,000 of Muslims gathered at mosques in the Russian capital to celebrate Eid Al-Adha. The largest in Europe, Moscow Cathedral Mosque has become the epicenter for celebrations.
The festival comes as the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah in Saudi Arabia draws to a close.
Meanwhile, almost 2.4 million Muslims took part in the symbolic stoning of the devil on Tuesday in Saudi Arabia, the last major ritual of the Hajj pilgrimage that heralds the start of the Eid Al-Adha feast.
Muslims on the annual Hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam, made their way across the Mina valley of the western Saudi Arabian Makkah province, many carrying pebbles in plastic bottles.
Pilgrims clad in white threw seven stones each at a pillar symbolising satan, shouting “Allahu akbar” (“God is greatest“) under the watchful eyes of security forces.
Large fans sprayed water over the crowd as temperatures climbed to 44 degrees Celsius.
“Thank God it hasn’t been too crowded this year. There hasn’t been a big rush,” said Mohammed Osman, 27, who regularly attends Hajj.
Mina was the site of a 2015 stampede which saw more than 2,300 pilgrims crushed or suffocated to death. Authorities have since reinforced safety and security measures.
“We are under God’s protection,” said May Khalifa, a 37-year-old Egyptian Muslim living in Riyadh.
“Despite the exhaustion, I’m enjoying my first Hajj,” she said, lifting her small bag of stones.