Pope Tawadros congratulates Sisi, Azhar grand imam ahead of Eid Al-Adha

Ahram Online , MENA , Monday 26 Jun 2023

The Head of the Coptic Orthodox Church Pope Tawadros II on Sunday sent a cable to President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, then called Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb, congratulating them ahead of Eid Al-Adha.

Pope Tawadros II
File Photo: Egyptian Coptic Pope Tawadros II, head of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church. Reuters


In his cable, the pope sent heartfelt greetings to the president and all Muslims on behalf of the Coptic Church.

The pope expressed appreciation for the president’s efforts to achieve the aspirations of Egyptians while also wishing for more peace, security and prosperity in Egypt.

Eid Al-Adha begins on Wednesday, 28 June this year, based on the Gregorian calendar.

During the phone call, El-Tayyeb emphasized the importance of exchanging peace and love between Muslims and Christians during feasts like Eid Al-Adha.

Muslims traditionally gather with friends and family during the holiday, ritually slaughtering animals and giving the meat to the poor.

El-Tayyeb also wished Tawadros a speedy recovery following a sudden illness during mass earlier this month.

The pope concluded the call by expressing his hopes for Egypt's progress.

Eid El-Adha, one of the two Islamic religious holidays, occurs on the tenth day of Dhu Al-Hijjah, the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar.

Eid El-Adha commemorates Prophet Ibrahim's obedience to God when he was willing to sacrifice his son and coincides with the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The pilgrimage is one of the five pillars of Islam, which is mandatory once in a lifetime for non-disabled Muslims who can afford it.

Every year, millions of Muslims worldwide perform the Hajj in the Holy City of Mecca over a span of five to six days in one of the world’s largest annual religious gatherings.

Hajj rituals commenced on Sunday evening at the Grand Mosque in Mecca.


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