MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somalia has joined the Muslim World in celebrating on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, known as the Feast of Sacrifice, the Greater Eid.
Dressed in their best Islamic attire, both men and women, young and old, gathered at places of worship and open parks in the capital, Mogadishu.
Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, country’s president has extended his best wishes of peace and prosperity to all Somalis on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha.
He wished to all Somalis that the spirit of peace, unity, cooperation, and optimism shines ever brighter over Somalia.
Mohamed also held joint prayers to celebrate the special day while security was tight as police officers patrolled the streets of Mogadishu.
British ambassador to Somalia, Ben Fender has sent a congratulatory message Somalia and its people, who are marking Eid al-Adha, whether at home or abroad.
“On behalf of the British Embassy in Mogadishu, I wish peace, good health and happiness to all Somalis and others marking Eid al-Adha, whether at home or abroad”.
For his part, African Union special representative for Somalia Francisco Madeira also extended his best wishes of peace and prosperity to Somalia.
Eid in Al Shabaab-controlled towns
Somali armed group al-Shabaab leaders held joint Eid prayers to celebrate the Eid in Bu’aqable, Jilib, Sakow and other towns in the south and central Somalia.
The group organized games for youth in the towns under its control on Sunday in celebrating Eid al-Adha.
The events involved egg-and-spoon races, sack racing, and tug-of-war exclusively among young men while women remained spectators on the sidelines.
However, Muslims around the world are celebrating the holiday to commemorate their belief in Abraham’s willingness to follow God’s command to sacrifice his son Ishmael and Ishmael’s consent to being sacrificed.