Sheikh of Al-Azhar، Grand Imam Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb congratulated President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, Egyptian people and Muslims around the world on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha.
Muslims around the world are expected to celebrate the religious holiday Eid Al-Adha – – the Feast of Sacrifice – from Sunday August 11 to Wednesday August 14.
The four-day Eid Al-Adha is one of the two most important religious holidays of the Islamic calendar، along with Eid El-Fitr.
Egyptian Muslim families usually gather to feast and exchange congratulations. They typically spend time celebrating in public places around the country.
The Eid holiday coincides with the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Eid Al-Adha marks the anniversary of the willingness of the Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son in an act of obedience to God’s command.
Muslims celebrate the occasion by the sacrificial slaughtering of an animal such as a sheep، a cow، or a goat، with the meat distributed as alms to the poor.
It is noteworthy that over two million Muslim pilgrims from all over the world have gathered earlier today to ascend Mount Arafat, the main ritual of Hajj and one of the world’s largest annual gatherings.
A white-sea of worshipers scaled the rocky hill southeast of the holy city of Mecca for a day of prayers, supplicating the Almighty and asking Him for forgiveness and mercy until the sun sets.
Main rituals of the Hajj will be done in Arafat today as the pilgrims moved towards the place after staying the night in Mina. Waqoof (stay) in Arafat is performed from Zuhar to sunset on the 9th of Zil-Hajj of Islamic year.