Muslims across the world celebrate Eid
Manama, October 26, 2012
Muslim worshipers around the world gathered at mosques on Friday to mark the beginning of the four-day Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, which is one of the most important holidays in the Muslim Calendar.
It includes the pilgrimage to “Haj”, which is one of the five pillars of Islam and is supposed to be undertaken by every Muslim who can afford to do so.
Eid is being celebrated with religious devotion and enthusiasm in Saudi, the US, Canada, Europe and across the Middle East and Gulf states today (Friday).
Following the largest gathering of Muslims in the world, Hajj, Muslims the world over are celebrating Eid with devotion and respect. Pakistan, however, will celebrate Eidul Azha tomorrow (Saturday).
Muslims worldwide traditionally slaughter a four legged animal in commemoration. The meat is then distributed amongst the family and neighbors as well as the poor and needy.
But before the slaughter, men, women and children alike flock to mosques around the country to take part in the prayers.
Bahrain's leadership led by His Majesty King Hamad exchanged greetings with heads of GCC, Arab and Islamic countries on the advent of Eid Al Adha.
His Majesty held telephone conversations with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, UAE President Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Qatari Amir Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman and Jordanian King Abdullah and exchanged with them Eid greetings.
His Majesty also exchanged greetings with Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Defence Minister Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; UAE Deputy President, Prime Minister and Dubai Ruler Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and UAE Armed Forces Deputy Supreme Commander General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
His Majesty yesterday received cables of congratulations marking the advent of Eid Al Adha from National Guard Commander Lieutenant-General Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa, Equestrian and Horse Racing Club chairman Shaikh Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa, and Royal Court Affairs Minister Shaikh Ali bin Isa Al Khalifa.
They all prayed Allah Almighty to bless His Majesty with health and happiness and Bahrain people and the Arab and Islamic nations with further progress and prosperity.
As a special gesture, His Majesty yesterday issued a royal decree pardoning 142 prisoners, who served part of their jail terms, marking Eid Al Adha.
The gesture reflects the King’s keenness to provide the pardoned convicts the opportunity to reintegrate into society and contribute to the development of the country.-TradeArabia News Service