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How Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha in Asia

11-07-2011 09:54 BJT

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Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice or Greater Eid, is an Islamic festival that marks Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God.

The busy streets of the Afghan capital Kabul were full of sheep instead of cars on Sunday as people prepared to mark the first day of Eid-al-Adha. Hundreds of Afghans were out buying sheep for the ritual slaughtering. Many Afghans marked the day by attending prayers.

Libyan Muslims pray on the first day of Eid al-Adha in Benghazi. The world's Muslims
marked the Eid al-Adha feast which caps the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca overshadowed by
the Arab Spring and deadly attacks in Africa and Central Asia

The busy streets of the Afghan capital Kabul were full of sheep instead of cars on Sunday as people prepared to mark the first day of Eid-al-Adha. Hundreds of Afghans were out buying sheep for the ritual slaughtering. Many Afghans marked the day by attending prayers.

President Hamid Karzai greeted government officials in the presidential palace.

The president of Afghan Hamid Karzai said: "I congratulate the Muslim world on the day of Eid-al-Adha, especially the Afghan nation and the Pakistani nation who are suffering from the pain of terrorism these days. I wish them health, happiness and most important of all, peace."

But violence took no holiday, as suicide bombers targeted worshippers in northern Afghanistan, killing seven people.

In Iraq, worshippers attended prayers at the mosque and families enjoyed the day at fun fairs.

But three bombs that ripped through the Shorja market in central Baghdad, killing eight, just hours after the prime minister warned of Iraq’s continued danger.

Police said the bombs were planted in different parts of the market.

Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza marked the start of Eid al-Adha on Sunday morning. In Ramallah, President Mahmoud Abbas visited the grave of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Abbas conveyed a message of hope for the upcoming year.

In Indonesia, where more than 80 percent of the population is Muslim, people in Jakarta flocked to mosques.

At the Al-Azhar Mosque in central Jakarta, hundreds gathered outside to pray.

 

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