Muslims Worldwide Celebrate Holy Festival Eid al-Adha

MV: Eid Mubaraak Khair! As eid to confirmed to begin Tomorrow for the US, I have added a post to represent eid for tomorrow InshAllah.

Muslims Worldwide Celebrate Holy Festival Eid al-Adha World | November 26, 2009, Thursday  Bulgaria: Muslims Worldwide Celebrate Holy Festival Eid al-Adha  The Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, is considered to be the Fifth Pillar of Islam.  Muslims believe that to undertake the Hajj is a moral obligation, and every able-bodied believer is required to attend the pilgrimage at least one in their lifetime.  The Hajj is fixed in time to the Islamic lunar calendar, occurring from the 7th to the 13th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth month.  Ihram is the name given to the special state in which Muslims live whilst on the pilgrimage. This involves observing cleansing rituals to enable one to enter a sacred state of mind and body.  The Hajj is deeply associated with the life of the 7th century Islamic prophet Muhammad, but the ritual of pilgrimage to Mecca is considered by Muslims to stretch back thousands of years to the time of Ibrahim (Abraham).  The four days of pilgrimage are devoted to prescribed rituals that all adherents should observe. On the first day, They begin with Tawaf, walking seven times round the Kaaba (Ka’bah) – the cube-like Black Stone in the centre of the Great Mosque, Islam’s holiest shrine – in an anti-clockwise direction.  They also run seven times along a passageway in the Great Mosque, commemorating the search for water by Hajar, wife of the Prophet Abraham.  On the second day, pilgrims visit the sacred Mount Arafat, to pray and meditate, and to collect stones in preparation for the stoning ceremony at the three walls called Jumarat in the nearby city of Mina.  Finally, they shave their heads, perform a ritual animal sacrifice, and celebrate the global festival of Eid al-Adha.  The Hajj is the largest annual pilgrim gathering in the world. In 2009, it is estimated that about two million pilgrims have made the journey to Mecca. This is despite the fear of the spread of swine flu, which has led the Saudi authorities to put in place additional precautionary measures.  The pressing numbers of the faithful have caused problems in the past. In 2006, the simple dropping of a personal bag led to the deaths of 364 people in the resulting crush. Structural alterations to the holy sites have led to a greater measure of safety for the participating faithful.  The Editorial Team of Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) would like to wish all Muslims, both in Bulgaria and around the world, a joyous and holy celebration of Eid al-Adha, or Kurban Bairam, as it is known in Bulgaria, which begins on Friday.

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MV: On top of that, President Obama wishes an Eid Mubarrak to everyone once again.

Washington DC: November 26, 2009. (PCP) Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes to all those performing Hajj this year, and to Muslims in America and around the world who are celebrating Eid-ul-Adha. The rituals of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha both serve as reminders of the shared Abrahamic roots of three of the world’s major religions.

During Hajj, the world’s largest and most diverse gathering, three million Muslims from all walks of life – including thousands of American Muslims – will stand in prayer on Mount Arafat. The following day, Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid-ul-Adha and distribute food to the less fortunate to commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son out of obedience to God.

This year, I am pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with the Saudi Health Ministry to prevent and limit the spread of H1N1 during Hajj. Cooperating on combating H1N1 is one of the ways we are implementing my administration’s commitment to partnership in areas of mutual interest.

On behalf of the American people, we would like to extend our greetings during this Hajj season – Eid Mubarak.

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