HAJJ 2016

Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha

A man holds balloons for sale at Flower Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha September 12, 2016. (Reuters)

Muslims around the world celebrated the Eid al-Adha holiday on Monday, one of the two most important festivals of the Islamic calendar.

Marking 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.

Faithful across continents marked the festival which comes as the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah in Saudi Arabia draws to a close.

Palestinians flocked to Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque for prayers.

A Palestinian man holds his child who is dressed in festive clothes following morning prayers marking the first day of Eid al-Adha celebrations, on the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City September 12, 2016. (Reuters)

In Iraq, authorities adopted tough security measures during the festival, searching worshippers as they entered Abdul-Qadir al-Gilani mosque in Baghdad.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad prayed at a mosque in the Damascus suburb of Daraya, which was evacuated by rebels and surrendered to government control last month, state media reported.

In Asia, tens of thousands of people left Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka on crowded trains and ferries for their hometowns to celebrate the holiday with family and friends, while in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, Muslims attended morning prayers.

The festival was also celebrated across Africa, with the faithful in countries such as Somalia and Kenya attending mass prayers.

In Russia, thousands of Muslims gathered for prayers in Moscow while in Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May released a video message to the country's Muslim community.

“I am proud of the contribution British Muslims make to this country and proud that Britain is home to people from vibrant and diverse backgrounds,” she said.

Local guards gather around a clergy at the start of prayers marking the Eid al-Adha celebration at an open prayer ground in Lagos, Nigeria September 12, 2016. (Reuters)


A man pulls a sacrificial bull decorated with artificial flowers into a vehicle he after purchased it at a cattle market ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in Karachi, Pakistan, September 12, 2016. (Reuters)


Last Update: Monday, 12 September 2016 KSA 18:32 - GMT 15:32

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