Millions Celebrate Eid al-Adha Across the World
Muslims worldwide are celebrating Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice.
A major part of Eid al-Adha is the sacrifice. Livestock – goats, sheep, cows or camels – are sacrificed reflecting on Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail for the sake of God.
The meat is then donated to the poor as well as neighbours and family. Every Muslim who has the financial means should give his share to the poor.
Many donate money to organisations, which in turn buy the livestock and distribute the meat to millions of people in need worldwide.
Most majority-Muslim countries around the world, including Turkey, are observing the four-day holiday starting from Friday.
Like the Islamic holiday Eid al-Fitr in May that followed the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims are being encouraged to take precautions and alter the way they observe as a result of pandemic.
Millions across Turkey on Friday performed special prayers on the first day of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha amid protective measures.
In the historic metropolis of Istanbul, Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, which last week reopened for worship after an 86-year gap, witnessed the first Eid prayers, also known as Salat al-Eid, for the feast of the sacrifice holiday.
Local officials handed out free disposable prayer rugs, disinfectants, masks, and water to people heading to prayers.
Also in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, prayers were performed in accordance with social distance and hygiene rules.