Rome (Italy): More than 30,000 Muslims of different cultures and traditions offered Eid al Adha special prayers Friday morning at the Great Mosque of Rome - some 3.5 kms from the Vatican City, the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church in Italy.
The Eid al Adha prayers were offered at the Great Mosque of Rome at 08:30 today morning.
“The Mosque of Rome is open to all the different denominations of Islam. As you can see here today for Eid we have Muslims from different cultures and traditions, from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, all dressed in different ways, all praying together,” Omar Camiletti, spokesperson of the Great Mosque of Rome and of the Islamic Cultural Center of Italy, said to Al Arabiya English.
“The non-uniformity of contemporary Islam, the fact that it brings together different facets, is also part of its strength” Camiletti added.
There are around 2 million Muslims in Italy, a community that is expected to increase, reaching 3 million people by 2030, according to Pew Research Center’s study.
The Mosque of Rome was built as an initiative of the former King of Saudi Arabia, Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who financed most of the project along with other 22 Arab and Islamic countries.
Meanwhile, millions of Muslims around the world also celebrated Eid al Adha today - the annual festival celebrated to commemorate the sacrifices of Prophet Ibrahim, his noble wife Hager and son Prophet Ismael (peace be upon them all).
Simulatenously, around 02 millions Muslims performed Hajj in Makkah - the annual ritual which coincides with Eid al Adha.
Muslims in India, Pakistan, Bangaldesh and other South Asian countries will celebrate Eid al Adha tomorrow i.e. Saturday September 02, 2017.