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World's Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha

11-18-2010 08:54 BJT

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Muslims all over the world are gearing up to celebrate Eid al-Adha.

At the crack of dawn, thousands of Muslims across India gathered to offer morning prayers for Eid al-Adha.

Sajtha Betti, Film Actress, said, "I want to wish Eid to everyone on this day. Everyone should pray for peace and harmony. Only when peace and love spread in society, only then Abraham's sacrifice will be meaningful."

Indonesian Muslims held a more solemn celebration, due to a string of recent disasters in the country -- a devastating tsunami and the deadly eruption of Mount Merapi.

Marsetio, Indonesian Muslim, said, "As Muslims, we have to share the love, especially since our nation is currently experiencing a variety of disasters. So we should pray together. God willing, we will be able to face this calamity with great fortitude, and devotion to God."

In Bangladesh, Muslims filled the streets, ferry terminals, and train stations to make it home in time for the holy day.

Already overcrowded, some people sat on rooftops or hung off the sides of the ferries and trains.

After prayers, animals were slaughtered to commemorate Abraham's devotion to God. The meat of slaughtered animals are shared with relatives, neighbors, and the poor.

Mohammad Zaman, Dhaka Resident, said, "Today is the holy Eid day, so I have come here and joined the Eid prayer session in the mosque. After going back home, I will give a sacrifice in the name of Allah and my Prophet, and will distribute the meat to the poor."

But in the Gaza Strip, celebrations were more disappointing, as the region experiences a large shortage of goods. People have been forced to buy smuggled animals to sacrifice because of Israel's blockade.


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