Egypt's Sisi greets Egyptians, Arabs on Eid Al-Adha

Ahram Online , Friday 31 Jul 2020

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Friday greeted the Egyptian people and all Arab and Muslim nations on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha.

"I pray to Allah in these blessed days to grant us his care and attention, and to bring us goodness and blessings," the president tweeted.

Muslims around the world are celebrating the religious holiday, which runs from Friday until Monday.

They usually slaughter cows, sheep or goats during the first three days of the celebration, a tradition which marks the Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his own son as an act of obedience to God.

The meat is then divided into thirds; the first to be eaten, the second to be given to family members, and the third to be donated as an act of charity.

Egyptian mosques did not host the Eid Al-Adha prayer this year due to coronavirus restrictions.

A closed prayer service from the iconic Al-Sayeda Nafisa mosque in Downtown Cairo was aired on television and radio, however.

El-Sisi has also congratulated Saudi Arabia for organising the Islamic hajj "precisely and successfully" amid the coronavirus pandemic, his spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement on Friday.

The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the annual Islamic pilgrimage, which typically attracts around 2.5 million pilgrims every year.

This hajj is going ahead this year with around 10,000 domestic pilgrims in attendance, and with strict health protocols in place.

El-Sisi's statement added that this move "reflected the kingdom's capability, wide experience, and keenness to bear this sacred responsibility to hold the greatest Islamic rituals so as to enable Muslims to perform the hajj amid precautionary measures that include the highest safety and health standards."

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