MAKKAH: Joy and celebrations are sweeping across Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Dubai, and other gulf countries on Friday as Muslims observe Eid-ul-Azha with religious fervour to commemorate the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (AS).
Over a billion Muslims from around the world are celebrating Eid-ul-Azha, which is also known as the “Festival of the Sacrifice’.
In Saudi Arabia, Eid al-Fitr prayers were held in the Masjid-e-Nabvi and Madkah mosques. The pilgrims spent the whole night in the open air of Muzdalifa, and they began to march towards Mina.
After arriving in Mina, they will perform stone strikes in Jamarat Al-Aqba, kill the animals, shave their heads, and then head to Makkah to perform Haj’s other two pillars, Tawaf Al-Ifada and Sai.
Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar also celebrate Eid al-Fitr. Indonesia, Iran and Malaysia also commemorated this day in a simple way.
Muslims living in Turkey conducted Eid al-Fitr prayers at Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. This is the first time for Eid al-Fitr prayers since this iconic building was converted into a mosque earlier this month.
This time, due to the coronavirus pandemic, only 10,000 Muslims (all living in Saudi Arabia) performed the North Korea j.
The workers wear uniforms similar to those of hospital staff and constantly clean and disinfect the holy places.
Pilgrims had to undergo COVID-19 tests before arriving in Makkah and will be required to quarantine afterwards.
Attendees were given elaborate amenity kits that included sterilised pebbles for the ritual Stoning of the Devil, disinfectant, masks and a prayer rug, according to the hajj ministry.
Several health facilities, mobile clinics and ambulances were on hand, the ministry added, available to pilgrims who were required to wear masks and maintain social distance.