Eid al-Adha Begins Tonight, Bensonhurst Prayer Tomorrow

The commemoration of Eid'l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice coincides with the three-month battle between the government troops and Islamic State-inspired extremists in besieged Marawi City in Lanao del Sur province.

Muslims around the world believe that Allah (God) commanded Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ishmael.

However, one Twitter user, annoyed that countries neighboring Kenya had recognized the holiday as a national event asked: "Why's Kenya the only country in East Africa where Eid al-Adha isn't a public holiday?"

Azerbaijan's Cabinet of Ministers, in accordance with the decision (dated 25 November 2016) on Novruz, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha holidays, declared September 1 and 2 as non-working days throughout the country on Eid al-Adha.

"This celebration is an opportunity for our Muslim countrymen to renew their faith and reaffirm devotion to the virtues of Muslim", he added. The feast of the festival is prepared after the sacrifice.

Apart from Eid al-Adha, Muslims are also observing the Hajj this week.

The bullocks, sheep and rams have been transported into the market 15 days ago from the nearby farms and 70 percent of them have been sold so far. Traditionally, a portion of the meat is distributed to relatives and those in need. Muslims greet each other by saying "Eid Mubarak" on during the festival which involves prayers and visits to friends and family. Many Muslims wear new clothes and attend an open-air prayer meeting during Id-ul-Zuha. Many countries celebrate this festival in a different way.


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