Muslims commend Government for declaring Eid Al Adha public holiday

Yemenis buy sweets and nuts at a market in the capital Sanaa

Eid Ul-Adha, which translates to the Festival of Sacrifice, is celebrated annually by billions of Muslims around the world.

Eid-ul-Azha is being celebrated across the country today (Monday) in commemoration of the supreme sacrifice offered by Hazrat Ibrahim and his son Hazrat Ismail in the fulfillment of the divine order.

Lehigh Valley Muslims gathered Sunday morning at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown for communal prayers and celebrations marking the end of the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca, called Hajj.

The kingdom provides pilgrims with health care and buses for transportation, as well as meals, snacks and water along the route.

Eid al-Adha is an Islamic holiday during which animals are generally sacrificed, the meat from which is distributed to the poor. It commemorates the story in the Quran of God appearing to Ibrahim - also known as Abraham - in a dream and commanding him to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience. After Edi-al-Fitr, which arrives in the holy month of Ramzan, this is the second most important Islamic holiday. Badawy asked Muslims to divide their sacrifices into three shares one for themselves, friends and neighbours and lastly for the poor, " he said.

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"Eid Mubarak!" The president earlier declared August 12 a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid Al-Adha. However, his devotion is rewarded, as instead God gave Ibrahim a lamb to sacrifice.

The prayer in Camp Crame was attended by Police Col. Ebra Moxsir of the PNP Chaplain Service and Salaam police personnel and their families.

This year, it will start Sunday and end Thursday. It takes place at the Winnipeg Grand Mosque at 2445 Waverley St.

Because the timing of the festival depends on the sighting of the new moon, countries around the world sometimes celebrate it on different days, though most follow Saudi Arabia's lead as it is the host of the Hajj.

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