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Millions of pilgrims spent the first day of this year’s Haj - Yaum
Al-Tarwiyah in prayers in Mina on Wednesday as rains soaked the
faithful and flooded roads snarling traffic......
Kerala Friday gathered in mosques and special prayer centres to
celebrate Eid-ul-Azha, or Bakr Eid, the festival of sacrifice.
Soon after the
morning prayers, thousands of devotees sacrificed goats and other
animals. Meat was also donated to the poor in the spirit of
sacrifice and giving that the festival symbolises.
The biggest crowds
were seen in the Muslim dominated Malappuram district as well as in
places such as Kozhikode and Kochi.
Eid is one of the most important festivals in the Muslim calendar.
It commemorates Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son
on Allah's command. According to Islamic belief, Allah wanted to
test Ibrahim and told him to sacrifice his son Ismail.
He agreed to do
it, but found his paternal feelings hard to suppress. So, he
blindfolded himself before putting Ismail at the altar on Mount Mina
near Mecca. When he removed his blindfold after the sacrifice, he
saw his son standing in front of him.
On the altar lay
slaughtered a lamb. It is in honour of this test of faith that
Muslims around the world sacrifice animals on the occasion to show
their faith in Allah.
Huge crowds were
seen outside mutton stalls across the state since Thursday evening.
The price of mutton skyrocketed, touching Rs.250 per kg.
Malayalam superstar Mammootty, a devout Muslim, decided to celebrate
the festival in Chennai to be with his family.
"In Tamil Nadu,
this is being celebrated tomorrow and since it was convenient for my
son and daughter to be in Chennai, we decided that my wife and I
will celebrate there. Anyway it is a welcome break for me and today
and tomorrow are off for me," Mammootty told IANS.
Muslims in Kerala
constitute 24 percent of the 32 million population.