File Photo: Egyptian Coptic Pope Tawadros II, head of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church (Photo: Reuters)
"I extend to your Excellency and to all our beloved Muslims the deepest heartfelt congratulations on the occasion of the blessed Eid El-Adha," Pope Tawadros said in a message to El-Sisi.
The pope prayed to God to support the president in achieving further success in developing Egypt and countering the different challenges facing the nation.
Pope Tawadros also congratulated Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb on Eid, wishing him success in continuing the "enlightening role of spreading awareness, the values of tolerance and the culture of peace, citizenship and coexistence."
The pope extended Eid greetings to Minister of Religious Endowments Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa and Grand Mufti Shawki Allam.
He also sent congratulatory messages to Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Speaker of the House of Representatives Hanafy El-Gebaly, Speaker of the Senate Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Razek, Minister of Defence and Military Production Mohamed Zaki and Minister of Interior Mahmoud Tawfik.
Muslims in Egypt will celebrate the four days of Eid El-Adha, which are public and private holidays, from 9-12 July.
Muslims across the world celebrate Eid Al-Adha by slaughtering sheep, cows, camels or goats and giving meat to the poor, and feasting during family gatherings.
Amid a significant drop in coronavirus infections in Egypt over the past months, the Ministry of Religious Endowments announced on Sunday allowing Eid prayers at large mosques and outdoor spaces for men, women and children.
The Eid El-Adha prayers of the Islamic year 1443 will be held early Saturday morning around 5:26am in Greater Cairo with slight differences in time in other governorates.
In Eid El-Fitr, which took place in May, the religious endowments ministry allocated 600 outdoor spaces at large mosques nationwide for millions of worshippers, ending a ban on outdoor Eid prayers, since the start of the pandemic in 2020.