Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has congratulated the heads of Islamic states on the occasion of Eid al-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice), which marks the culmination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
In separate messages on Tuesday, Rohani extended his felicitations to the Muslim leaders, expressing hope for the development of closer bonds between Muslim nations.
“I hope that on the eve of this auspicious Eid and by drawing on the teachings of the divine prophets, we will witness the promotion of peace and friendship among nations, specially the Islamic Ummah,” Rohani said in his messages.
Muslims traditionally celebrate Eid al-Adha with the sacrifice of animals like sheep, rams, goats, cattle or camels. The act commemorates Prophet Abraham (PBUH)’s submission to divine order to sacrifice his son, Ismail (PBUH). Millions of Muslims around the world attend the day’s prayers.
They then distribute the meat among family, friends and the poor.
The Eid and is a public holiday in Muslim countries.
More than two million Muslims, dressed in plain white clothes, have flooded Mina in Saudi Arabia, which is a valley outside the holy city of Mecca, to continue performing the Hajj rituals.
The Hajj is considered as one of the five pillars of Islam and the largest act of mass pilgrimage in the world. The holy pilgrimage is also a demonstration of Muslims’ unity and their submission to Allah.
Muslims call the Hajj a unique experience, allowing them to tell the world that all people are equal as human beings.
According to the holy Quran, the Hajj pilgrimage is obligatory for all Muslims once in their lifetime, if they are able to it both physically and financially. The teachings of the Hajj are also very significant. Muslims remember that they are not joined together on the basis of color or race. But they are joined on the basis of belief in God and his messenger.