Eid al Adha 2017
When two million Muslims complete the Hajj pilgrimage, many recall those who suffer in conflicts around the world in Eid al Adha.
Millions of Muslims from all over the world celebrate Eid al-Adha’s celebrations, as nearly two million pilgrims perform the annual Hajj’s rites in Saudi Arabia.
Hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims head to an immense multi-story complex in Mina after dawn to throw pebbles on three large columns.
It is here that Muslims believe that the devil has tried to speak with Prophet Ibrahim(AS) to submit to the will of ALLAH.
Muslims believe that Ibrahim’s faith was tested when GOD ordered him to sacrifice his only son, Ismail. Ibrahim was willing to submit to the mandate, but then ALLAH kept his hand, saving his son.
The last days of the Hajj coincide with the festivals of Eid al-Adha, or “Feast of the Sacrifice,” to commemorate Ibrahim’s faithfulness. During the holiday, Muslims kill cattle and distribute meat to the poor.
During the last three days of the Hajj, the pilgrims sleep in a large tent called Mina and for three days participating in a symbolic stoning of the devil.
Most pilgrims will stay in Mina until Monday before completing Hajj.
Then they will surround the Kaaba in the form of a cube in Makkah, the holy place of Islam, before leaving.
Ka’ba represents the metaphorical home of GOD and the unity of ALLAH in Islam. Obedient Muslims around the world face Kaaba during the five daily prayers.
The Five Days of HAJJ is a series of rituals designed to purify the soul of sins and infuse a sense of equality and brotherhood among Muslims.
Pilgrimage is required by all Muslims with means to be performed once in a lifetime.
During the last three days of Hajj, male pilgrims enrich their heads and remove white dresses worn during Hajj. Women cut a line of hair in a sign of rebirth and spiritual renewal.
However, there has been some disappointment among the Qatar residents, who have borne the burden of a diplomatic crisis in the Gulf.
With Saudi Arabia among the countries that blocked Doha by land and air, it was a challenge for hoping pilgrims to travel. According to reports, only a few tens of Qatar residents have been able to run Hajj 2017.
There are more than a billion Muslims around the world.
Many have taken advantage of IDA to remind those who have suffered conflicts all over the world, from Yemen and Syria to Iraq and Myanmar.
Some will celebrate Eid al-Adha, including many followers of Islamic faith in Pakistan.