Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, as well as Malaysia and European countries are celebrating Eid-ul-Adha today amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eid prayers were offered in Saudi Arabia at Masjid-e-Nabvi and the Grand Mosque in Makkah after the pilgrims spent the night on Mount Arafat offering prayers in Muzdalifa.
On Friday morning, the pilgrims reached Mina where they performed the stoning of the devil at Jamarat Al-Aqba. Later, they sacrificed animals, shaved their heads and left for Makkah to perform Tawaf Al-Ifada and Sai.
In UAE, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan also extended Eid greetings to mark the festivity.
“On the occasion of Eid Al Adha, we congratulate the UAE president, Vice President, Rulers, and people in the UAE. We especially extend our wishes to our frontline heroes, martyrs’ children and families. A blessed and prosperous Eid to all,” he said.
On the occasion of Eid Al Adha, we congratulate the UAE president, Vice President, Rulers, and people in the UAE. We especially extend our wishes to our frontline heroes, martyrs' children and families. A blessed and prosperous Eid to all.
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) July 30, 2020
In Indonesia, people offered Eid prayers donning their masks. They also had their temperatures checked as they arrived at mosques.
The country’s religious ministry had asked mosques to shorten the gatherings amid coronavirus, while many mosques cancelled the traditional ceremony where animals are slaughtered and meat distributed to the community.
Meanwhile, In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his message extends Eid greetings to all the Muslims.
“Eid-ul-Adha was one of the most important Muslim holidays and a time to reflect on the lessons of sacrifice and the values of service, compassion, and charity.”
To all Muslim Canadians beginning their celebrations tonight: Eid Mubarak! I know festivities will be different this year, but I hope you have a happy Eid al-Adha no matter how you celebrate. https://t.co/zVsKhwWGUP pic.twitter.com/f6CYv479kO
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 30, 2020
“On this important occasion, Muslims usually gather with families and loved ones to pray, share festive meals, provide food to those in need, and give thanks for the blessings in life. This year, as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and follow health guidelines to keep each other and our communities safe— celebrations will look different, especially for those who were unable to participate in the pilgrimage,” he said.
“However, the values at the heart of Eid-ul-Adha have never been more important. Whether it is supporting a local charity, being there for neighbours, or helping those who are more vulnerable, Muslim Canadians continue to show us what it means to serve our community,” he added.