Jul 31, 2020 11:17 UTC
  • Millions in Iran commemorate Eid al-Adha, Mena stampede

Millions of people in Iran and in most of the Muslim world – except for the subcontinent because of a day’s difference of sighting the crescent of Dhu’l-Hijjah – celebrated on Friday July 31 the auspicious Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) commemorating Prophet Abraham’s selfless bid to sacrifice his firstborn son, Prophet Ishmael, on Divine commandment as a test of faith that was miraculously substituted at the last moment with a ram sent by God Almighty from heaven.

The faithful who offered the special Eid Prayer in the morning in Iran and other parts of the world, observed health protocols and social distancing rules because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Eid al-Adha, which falls on the 10th day of the lunar month of Dhu’l-Hijjah every year, was also marked by sacrifice of livestock, such as sheep, goat, cow, or camel – as per the tradition in different countries – and serving the meat to the needy.

In parts of the Islamic Republic of Iran where Coronavirus is not widespread, the people attended the Eid al-Adha congregation prayers by observing social distancing.

Today, while observing Eid al-Adha the Islamic Republiccommemorated the 464 Iranians who were among the several thousand Hajj pilgrims who lost their lives in Mena on 10thDhu’l-Hijjah five years ago (September 2015), because of the sudden closure of pilgrim paths leading to the ritualistic stoning of the symbolic devils, when Saudi Arabia’s Heir Apparent, Mohamed bin Salman (MBS), decided to ride roughshod with his friends in a motorcade. 

In Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, Eid prayers were conducted in Sulaymaniyah and other cities, despite a curfew.

In Istanbul, Turkey, thousands of people attended the special Eidal-Adha congregational prayer at the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time in over 80 years, following its recent reverting to a mosque from a museum.

Turkish Parliament speaker Mustafa Sentop, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Ali Karaismailoglu, Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya and Istanbul’s Fatih district mayor Mohammed Ergun Turan joined the worshippers at the iconic building.

In Syria, thousands of people held the Eid al-Adha prayers across the country, although mosques in the capital Damascus were closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Palestine’s Wafa news agency reported that more than 27,000 worshipers performed Eid al-Adha prayers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Zionist occupied Islamic holy city of Bayt al-Moqaddas, which the western media wrongly calls Jerusalem.

In the Israeli besieged Gaza Strip, Eid al-Adha ceremonies were held in various towns and cities, with the faithful vowing to liberate Palestine one day.