Nigerian Muslims celebrate Eid-el-Kabir

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Muslims on Tuesday joined others across the world to celebrate Eid-El-Kabir or Eid-al-Adha, a day set aside to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son, Ishmael.

Known as the “Festival of Sacrifice”, it is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year and considered the holier of the two.

The Greater Eid also marks the end of Hajj, the five-day religious journey that takes Muslims to the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The day began with congregational prayers by Muslim faithfuls, followed by the slaughtering of animals, which could be a sheep or a goat, the meat of which is shared among friends, family, and the poor.

To allow Muslims mark the day, the Nigerian Government declared Tuesday and Wednesday as public holidays.

Across the country on Tuesday morning, Muslims trooped out to Eid prayer grounds for the prayers.

In Daura, Katsina State, where President Muhammadu Buhari is marking the special occasion, thousands also joined him at the Eid ground for prayers.

In his Sallah message to the nation on Monday, Buhari called on Nigerians to rise above personal, group, sectarian and other interests and promote peace and unity in the country.

Buhari also urged all Muslims to use the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations for sober reflection and self-examination, as well as strive to be good ambassadors of Islam by upholding high moral values.

He reminded them that the occasion is a remembrance of the submission of Prophet Ibrahim to Allah, his Creator, by which he taught the world the value of sacrifice in relating with one another, and when it comes to nation-building.

“We must sacrifice for others and remember always those who are less fortunate than ourselves,” the President was quoted as saying in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.
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21 august 2018 15:31:10

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