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Eid-ul-Azha is being celebrated in Saudi Arabia & Arab countries

Eid-ul-Azha today is being celebrated in Saudi ArabiaEid-ul-Azha is being celebrated in Saudi Arabia & Arab countries

R iyadh: Millions of Muslims in in Saudi Arabia & Arab countries are celebrating Eid-ul-Adha today on 15th October 2013.
Saudi Arabia’s largest congregation was held in Harmain Sharifain, Eid-ul-Azha prayer was offered in Masjid-ul-Haram and Masji-e-Nabvi (SAW), while in Eidgahs of other towns and cities’ Eid prayers were also held.
Eid al-Azha is also being celebrated in Syria today. Syrians rushed to market to buy clothes as well as to bundle up for winter amid complaints of exorbitant prices that had forced many to return home empty-handed.
Customers move from one shop to another in search of a cheaper price as the prices of cloths are fourfold this season owing to sharp depreciation of the Syrian pound in this war-torn country.
Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated in Pakistan tomorrow on Wednesday 16th October 2013. However, Eid-ul-Azha is being celebrated today on Tuesday 15th October 2013 in some parts of tribal areas.
Muslim worshipers around the world are gathering at mosques for dawn prayers to mark the beginning of the four-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on Friday.
Eid al-Adha – the Feast of Sacrifice – marks the end of hajj, an annual pilgrimage undertaken by some 1.5 million Muslims this year in Saudi Arabia.
The holiday commemorates Prophet Abraham’s willingness to obey God’s command to sacrifice his son Ismael.
Muslims worldwide traditionally slaughter a four legged animal in commemoration. The meat is then distributed amongst the family and neighbors 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.
Across the Muslim world, families were in a festive mood as they took to the markets and malls on Monday night, preparing to mark the occasion.
In Saudi Arabia, throngs of Muslim pilgrims converged Monday on Muzdalifah to prepare for Eid al-Adha feast after a day of prayer on Mount Arafat.
The faithful will spend the night in Muzdalifah to collect stones which they will use a symbolic ritual of stoning the devil in nearby Mina on Tuesday, the first day of the feast of sacrifice.
Earlier in the day men, women and children from across the Muslim world flooded the roads to Arafat chanting “Labaik Allahum Labaik” (I am responding to your call, God), as they observed the peak of the hajj.