Muslims sacrifice sheep on first day of Eid

Ibrahim CHALHOUB Tradition dictates that Muslims donate cuts of mutton during Friday's Eid al Adha festival

History was made this morning as the GAA opened the doors of Croke Park to Ireland's Muslim community in order to facilitate the observation of Eid al-Adha.

Worshippers were asked to adhere to health and safety procedures, including social distancing, and to bring their own prayer mat to mosques.

In Sweden, Eid prayers were not performed in mosques due to the virus. "We have ensured that we are cautious that we don't hug each other". Several worshipers also assembled outside a mosque in the national capital's Usmapur area of Northeast Delhi as well.


Dr Umar Al-Qadri, chair of Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council, told the BBC he approached Croke Park after seeing Muslims in Germany earlier this year using an * a href="https://newswire.storyful.com/storylines/*/stories/236547?search_term=ikea%20muslims" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" *Ikea carpark for Eid al-Fitr prayers.

He recalled how this year's eid is marked by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. The devotees were seen wearing masks and were seen maintaining social distancing as well.

In his Eid Al-Adha message of the Muslim community in Ghana, the President said it's imperative that they take advantage of the time to pray for the country as it laces its boot for the impending election. Post the sacrifice, devotees distribute the offering to family, friends, neighbours and especially to the poor and the needy.

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