New Delhi/Mumbai/Patna, Oct 27: Thousands of Muslims offered prayers on Saturday at mosques across India on the occasion of Eid ul-Azha, the holy day of sacrifice.
Muslims in New Delhi thronged the national capital’s biggest and hugely popular mosque “Jama Masjid” to offer morning prayers.
Wishing the nation a Happy Eid the devotees prayed for peace and happiness.
“We want to give the message that people from all religions must stay together and forget all the differences on this festival. We all should live in peace and promote love and brotherhood,” said Mohammad Irshaad, a Muslim devotee.
Meanwhile as is customary, Muslims in Mumbai offered prayers and embraced each other and exchanged Eid greetings after the prayers.
Devotees said following the footsteps of Allah, they sacrifice goat for his happiness.
“We celebrate Eid in the name of Allah and we sacrifice goat for his happiness. We chant our prayers and following the steps of Allah, we sacrifice goat,” said Sultan Karim, a Muslim devotee.
Similarly, Muslims in Patna gathered in a huge ground to offer prayers and later a Muslim cleric addressed the gathering.
According to Islamic tradition, the Prophet Abraham was blessed with his son Ishmael at a very advanced age and nurtured a deep love for the boy.
Eid ul-Azha is celebrated by Muslims around the world to commemorate the Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail, obeying God who, in the end, allowed him to sacrifice a sheep instead.
The commemoration symbolises obedience and loyalty to God.
Muslims worldwide traditionally slaughter a four-legged animal in commemoration. The meat is then distributed amongst the family and neighbours as well as the poor and needy.
But before the slaughter, men, women and children alike flock to mosques around the country to take part in the prayers. (ANI)