Muslims Around the World Celebrate Eid Al-Adha
By Staff, Agencies
Millions of Muslims in various Muslim countries across the world have started celebrations for the momentous religious occasion of Eid al-Adha [Feat of Sacrifice], marked in honor of the Islamic imperative of self-abnegation.
The occasion falls on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijjah on the lunar calendar every year.
It commemorates Prophet Abraham’s acknowledging a divine order upon him to sacrifice his son. Upon submitting to God’s will, Ibrahim was exempted from performing the order and was offered a ram to sacrifice instead.
While Muslims across Lebanon and other Muslim countries celebrated the first day of Eid al-Adha a day earlier on Sunday, Iranians are celebrating the occasion on Monday as they mark the historical development by holding festive congregations at mosques and other religious centers and will continue to do so over the next few days. They also sacrifice livestock so they can offer votive food to the poor and their fellow Muslims.
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.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, tweeted his congratulations to the Lebanese people to mark Eid al-Adha, asking that God “bless our country and nation with progress, stability and growth."
Interior Minister Raya El Hassan tweeted “Inshallah ["God willing"] this Eid will bring with it peace, safety, wellness and prosperity.”
Christian MP Sami Gemayel offered his “heartfelt wishes ... in the hope that God will respond to our prayers and that ... Lebanon and the world will live in peace now and in the future.”
For his part, 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.
Relatedly, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad performed the Eid al-Adha prayers along other worshipers at al-Afram Mosque in the capital Damascus on Sunday.
Assad also listened to the Eid sermon, which was delivered by Sheikh Hassan Awad, in which he referred to Damascus’ victory over terrorism through the steadfastness of the president and the people as well as the army’s sacrifices.