Makkah: Muslims in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait and other Arab States started celebrating on Monday (Dhul Hijjah 10), the Eid Al Adha, which is also called the Feast of Sacrifice, amid a secure atmosphere full of complete submission to Allah, the Almighty.
Eid al Adha celebrations also started in Turkey, the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and other European countries that rely on moon sighting by the Saudi Royal Court.
Millions of worshippers performed Eid Al-Adha prayers at the Grand Mosque, the Prophet's Mosque and most parts of the world, while Hajj pilgrims are still flocking to Mina to throw seven pebbles at Jamarat Al-Aqaba, following the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
After stoning Jamarat Al-Aqaba, the pilgrims will slaughter hady (sacrificial animal) and proceed to Makkah to perform Tawaf Al-Ifada and Sai – two other pillars of Hajj – and finish their Ihram.
Following the performance of Tawaf and Sai, the pilgrims will return to Mina, where they will spend the days of Tashreeq and throw pebbles at the Small, Middle and biggest Jamarat.
Eid al-Adha is also celebrated today in Palestine where hundreds of Muslims gathered at Masjid e al-Aqsa to offer special Salah of Eid.
Muslims in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and those in Australia, New Zealand and Russia also celebrated Eid al-Adha today.
Muslims in India, Pakistan and Bangaldesh will celebrate Eid al-Adha on Tuesday September 13, 2016, according to the decision by moon sighting committees in these countries.
Eid al Adha is celebrated all around the world on 10th of Dhul Hijjah - the month revered as one of the holiest month is the Islamic calendar.
Haj and Eid al Adha are celebrated to commemorate the sacrifices made by Prophet Ibrahim, Prophet Ismael and his mother Hager (peace be upon all of them).
Decision on Muslim festivals Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha is based on lunar system. As per this system, the first day of a new month is decided if moon is sighted on 29th day of the preceding month.