Devotees Throng Mosques Nationwide For Eid Al-Adha Celebrations

In Uttar Pradesh, devotees gathered at Mubarak Khan Shaheed Mazaar in Gorakhpur and Jama Masjid in Noida.
Devotees Throng Mosques Nationwide For Eid Al-Adha Celebrations
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On Monday, mosques and various religious sites across the country were thronged by devout Muslims who gathered to offer Namaz on the auspicious occasion of Eid Al-Adha. At the historic Jama Masjid in Delhi, hundreds of worshippers assembled for morning prayers.

Maksud Ahmed, a devotee, reflected on the festival's significance, explaining that it symbolizes sacrificing one's vices. "This day reminds us of sacrifice. It's not just about the sacrifice of an animal; it means sacrificing our vices for our own sake. On this day, one should sacrifice all the bad qualities within oneself and bring forth one's goodness," Ahmed said. He added, "Today, all Muslims who have performed the prayer will remember the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim by sacrificing an animal. This ends our vices and increases our virtues."

Abdul Rehman, another devotee, expressed his joy at participating in the prayer at Jama Masjid for the first time. "Today, for the first time, we performed the Eid prayer at the mosque in Delhi, and we felt very good. We had never seen such a large crowd before. Seeing all these people together offering the Eid prayer to Allah made us feel very happy," Rehman said.

Children at the Jama Masjid greeted each other on the occasion after offering Namaz. A girl named Alishba shared, "We came here to Jama Masjid with great enthusiasm to perform the prayer. Along with our uncle and father, we performed the prayer, and now we will go home and perform the sacrifice."

Elsewhere in the national capital, people offered Namaz at Fatehpuri Masjid. Vibrant celebrations were observed in other parts of the country as well.

In Srinagar, devotees gathered at a Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Sonwar to offer their prayers. One devotee shared his sentiments, stating that he prayed for the happiness and peace of people across the country on Eid Al-Adha. Speaking about the tradition, he said, "Today is a very joyous occasion, and on this occasion, we also perform the sacrifice of an animal, which we divide into three parts: one part we keep for ourselves, one part for relatives, and one part for the poor. I have prayed that everyone remains happy, and I have prayed for everyone. We have prayed for the happiness of the entire India, our country, and the whole world. There should be peace everywhere, and if there is any hatred in anyone's heart, it should be removed this Eid," he added.

In Uttar Pradesh, devotees gathered at Mubarak Khan Shaheed Mazaar in Gorakhpur and Jama Masjid in Noida. Mumbai's Makhdoom Ali Mahimi mosque in Mahim saw a large turnout of worshippers. Celebrations were also heartfelt in Bhopal's Idgah Masjid, Coimbatore's Islamiyah Matriculation Higher Secondary School, and various locations in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. In Rajasthan, the dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer was crowded with devotees, and Kerala's Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium in Trivandrum became a site of collective prayer and reflection.

Eid Al-Adha, celebrated on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic lunar calendar, marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. The festival is an occasion of joy and peace, where people celebrate with their families, let go of past grudges, and make meaningful connections with one another. It commemorates Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice everything for God.

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