Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha as pilgrims conduct hajj rites


The Eid al-Adha festival was celebrated in four Moscow mosques and at several specially organized prayer sites in the city parks, according to Ria Novosti.

Although both are equally important times in the Islamic calendar - one is considered significantly more holy than the other.

Have a blessed Eid-ul-Adha.

Eid al-Adha, which in Arabic literally means the "festival of the sacrifice", commemorates the story of the Muslim Prophet Ibrahim's test of faith.

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This festival is different to Eid ul Adha, because it marks the end of Ramadan.

The exact date of Eid al-Adha is determined by the sighting of the moon, as the Islamic calendar follows the lunar cycle.

Scores of pilgrims gathered at the holy mosques of Mecca and Medina, early in the day, for Eid prayers. Eid sacrifice may take place until sunset on the 13th of Zul Hijjah.

During the last three days of Hajj , male pilgrims shave their heads and remove the white cloth garments worn during the Hajj, known as the "ihram".

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Despite being prompted by the Devil to break his promise to God, they carried on. One is for family, friends and neighbours, the second part is distributed among the poor and the needy, and the last part is retained for immediate family.

Millions of Muslims are expected to complete the Hajj which all able-bodied Muslims are required to complete once in their lives.

According to him, the meat or blood of the sacrificed ram can not reach but Allah is only concern about the piety of a believer. Believers meet their friends and family on this day and wish them the festival.

Today people sacrifice various animals in the name of God, honouring the tradition by Ibrahim.

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He said Ghana "needs people with the character of Prophet Ibrahim", adding that: "We need to build a nation of sacrifice".