Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha as pilgrims conduct hajj rites

Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha as pilgrims conduct hajj rites

Eid al-Adha marks the final day of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage Muslims are required to undertake to Makkah once in a lifetime. Hajj is a pilgrimage all Muslims must take at least once in their lives. Also known as the "Feast of Sacrifice", it pays tribute to the willingness of Prophet Ibraham to sacrifice his son Ismail to prove his obedience to God. Tradition holds that God stayed his hand, sparing the boy, and placing a ram in his place. In commemoration of the event, Muslims sacrifice animals and divide it into three parts - the family retains one-third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends, and neighbours; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy. God's command was a test to see if the Prophet would follow his command.

It occurs between the 8th and 12th day of the last month of the Islamic calendar, the Dhu al-Hijjah which is based on lunar events.

What is the difference between Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha?

The day begins with a collective morning prayer, typically at a large hall or park.


On the Holy occasion of Eid ul Adha that celebrates the Hajj, may you be filled with happiness and may every step of your journey through life be blessed by Allah. Fasting the day before the holiday washes away two years worth of sins in the previous and coming years.

The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has cautioned Muslim youth to celebrate in moderation as Ghanaian Muslims join others around the world to mark Eid-al-Adha today, Tuesday, 21 August 2018.

"As Muslim faithful across the nation embark on the solemn festivities, I congratulate each one of them on behalf of the people of Kenya and wish all Eid Mubarak".

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