Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha

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The occasion of Eid-ul-Adha is being celebrated with great zeal and fervour across the world today.

"Eid ul-Adha, commonly referred to as just 'Eid, ' commemorates the Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael at God's command". Ibrahim was eventually given a lamb to sacrifice instead.

Their Highnesses the Members of the Supreme Council, the Rulers of the Emirates have conveyed their honest greetings on Eid Al Adha to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, wishing him good health and further prosperity and glory to UAE people. With the beginning of Eid al-Adha 2019 celebrations, people share Eid Mubarak messages and greetings with their near ones to mark the holy occasion.

It is based on the story in the Quran of God appearing to Ibrahim - also known as Abraham - in a dream and commanding him to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience.

Muslims around the world celebrate "Eid-al-adha" with a feast and by reconnecting with their friends and families.

Eid Mubarak (pronounced EED muh-BAR-ack) and Eid Saeed are routine greetings used during the observance to offer best wishes.

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Eid Mubarak is pronounced in English like "eed mu-buh-ruck".

In the capital Addis Ababa, hundreds of thousands of Muslims turned out for the Eid prayer in and around the city's old stadium which is located in the capital downtown.

Eid al Adha begins with a performance of communal prayer at daybreak on its first day.

While Eid Ul-Adha is always on the same day of the Islamic calendar, the date on the Gregorian calendar varies from year to year since the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar and the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar.

In honour of this, Muslims may sacrifice an animal such as a sheep, goat, camel or a cow during the festival.

The rest is then given to friends and neighbours, and the poor or the needy.

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