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Saudi Arabia, European countries mark ‘socially distanced’ Eid-ul-Adha

In Saudi Arabia, Eid prayers were offered at Masjid-e-Nabvi and the Grand Mosque in Makkah after the pilgrims spent the entire night on Mount Arafat

By Web Desk
July 31, 2020
Muslim worshippers pray on a football field in Amsterdam on the first day of Eid al-Adha on July 31, 2020.. Photo: AFP 

Saudi Arabia and European countries, as well as United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and Malaysia, are celebrating Eid-ul-Adha today amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In Indonesia, people donned face masks and had their temperatures checked as they arrived at mosques to perform prayers in mosques.

The country’s religious ministry had asked mosques to shorten the gatherings this year, while many mosques cancelled the traditional ceremony where livestock is slaughtered and meat distributed to the community.

Palestinian Muslim worshippers pray on July 31, 2020 at the municipal stadium in the village of Dura on the first day of Eid al-Adha. Photo: AFP

In Saudi Arabia, Eid prayers were offered at Masjid-e-Nabvi and the Grand Mosque in Makkah after the pilgrims spent the entire night on Mount Arafat offering prayers in Muzdalifa.

The pilgrims moved to Mina on Friday morning where they will performing the stoning of the devil at Jamarat Al-Aqba, sacrifice animals, shave their heads and then leave for Makkah to perform Tawaf Al-Ifada and Sai.

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan also extended Eid greetings to mark the festival.

“On the occasion of Eid Al Adha, we congratulate the UAE president, Vice President, Rulers, and people in the UAE. We especially extend our wishes to our frontline heroes, martyrs’ children and families. A blessed and prosperous Eid to all,” he said.

In Turkey, people gathered outside the Hagia Sophia for Eid ul Adha prayers, the first time it has taken place since the building was reconverted to a mosque earlier this month.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his message on the occasion of Eid praised the country's fight against the coronavirus and urged the citizens to abide by social distancing rules as they marked the festival.

“I wish Eid-ul-Adha may bring serenity to our hearts, well-being to our country and peace to our world. Eid Mubarak!,” Erdogan said in a statement.

Worshippers take part in the Eid al-Adha prayers outside Hagia Sophia in Istanbul on July 31, 2020. Photo: AFP 

"Unfortunately, this year we observe Eid-ul-Adha with grief since Hajj will be fulfilled in a limited manner due to the coronavirus pandemic. InshaAllah, next year, millions of Muslims will once again take to the Holy Kaaba and sacred lands with love, enthusiasm, and joy," he was quoted as saying by Anadolu Agency.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his message said "Eid-ul-Adha was one of the most important Muslim holidays and a time to reflect on the lessons of sacrifice and the values of service, compassion, and charity."

“On this important occasion, Muslims usually gather with families and loved ones to pray, share festive meals, provide food to those in need, and give thanks for the blessings in life. This year, as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and follow health guidelines to keep each other and our communities safe, celebrations will look different – especially for those who were unable to participate in the pilgrimage," he said.

“However, the values at the heart of Eid-ul-Adha have never been more important. Whether it is supporting a local charity, being there for neighbours, or helping those who are more vulnerable, Muslim Canadians continue to show us what it means to serve our community," he added.