UAE rulers perform Eid al-Adha prayers in Abu Dhabi, Dubai

The meat obtained from the sacrificed animal is considered pious and distributed among friends and family.

Eid-Ul-Adha is an important religious festival on the Islamic calendar celebrated in the 10th month of the Thul-Haj, during which Muslims pray and meditate in commemoration of "The Duty of Sacrifice" dating back to the era of Prophet Abraham.

Muslims believe Ibrahim s faith was tested when God commanded him to sacrifice his only son Ismail.

This year, the new moon crescent was sighted on August 22, hence in India, Eid al-adha will be begin from today evening and end on September 2.

He said the spirit of sacrifice of Eid-ul-Azha is a unique example of showing respect and love to almighty Allah. The celebration Eid ul-Adha is celebrated widely all over the world.

Muslim men attend a morning prayer marking Eid al-Adha holiday at Sunda Kelapa Port in Jakarta, Indonesia.

HM King Hamad exchanged greetings and good wishes with worshippers, and thanked them for their congratulations and honest supplications, wishing the kingdom and its people many happy returns of the occasion.

The festivities of Eid al-Adha even reached the unstable Palestinian camp of Ain al-Hilweh.

Delivering his Eid sermon, Sheikh Abdul Latif Darian, Lebanon's grand mufti, referred to the situation in Palestine, saying Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque both "remain under attack by the Israeli enemy". Happy Eid al-Adha 2016.

Earlier, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has congratulated the nation on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.

While on Hajj and once within six miles of Mecca, pilgrims will have already dressed in white garments to represent a state of purity known as ihram and will not cut their hair or nails until the pilgrimage is over.

"We extend warm felicitation to you as you celebrate this all-important Feast of Sacrifice, an occasion which you have consistently observed to ask for Allah's blessings for mankind".

  • Leroy Wright