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Monthly Archives: October 2014

US President Barack Obama greets Muslims on the occasion of Eid al-Adha


US President Barack Obama today sent best wishes to Muslims around the world, who are celebrating Eid al-Adha and those performing the Hajj pilgrimage this year. “As our Muslim neighbours and friends gather for Eid celebrations, Muslim Americans are among the millions of pilgrims joining one of the world’s largest and most diverse gatherings,” Obama said. Hajj brings together Muslims ... Read More »

Hajj proceeds amid risks, Saudi Arabia ‘prepared’


Several million Muslims, including 1.4 million from abroad, are continuing their annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. Security has been bolstered to guard against Ebola and MERS viral outbreaks and terrorist risks. Joyful Muslims dressed in white performed rituals near Mecca on Friday as their annual pilgrimage entered its second key day. Absent were 7,200 would-be pilgrims from three Ebola-hit ... Read More »

Sierra Leone Muslims warned to avoid handshakes during Eid prayers


Imams in Sierra Leone have cautioned Muslims against shaking hands during the Eid prayers scheduled for Saturday, as a way of avoiding contracting the Ebola virus disease. Sierra Leone is expected to join the rest of the Muslim Ummah to observe the feast which coincides with the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. There have been concerns over the risk involved in ... Read More »

Area Jews, Muslims mark Yom Kippur, Eid al-Adha


For thousands of Muslims and Jews across Metro Detroit, two holidays converging this weekend allow followers of both faiths to find ways to help others while observing long-held traditions. Many Muslims on Saturday celebrate Eid al-Adha, which memorializes how the Prophet Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son to God. The holiday also coincides with hajj, the yearly pilgrimage to ... Read More »

Grand Mufti urges Muslims to forge unity, shun evil deeds


Saudi Arabia: Mufti Azam Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah delivered Hajj sermons in Masjid-e-Nimra at Mount Arafat, urging Muslims to shun evil, forge unity and staunchly practice teachings of Islam, SAMAA reported. “Islam is a complete code of life, it’s a perfect and definite religion of Allah, it teaches brotherhood among Muslims and provides spiritual, moral and social ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia, Iraq, UAE and other Gulf countries celebrate Eid-ul-Azha today


Millions of Muslims in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, United Arab Emirates and other Gulf countries are celebrating Eid-ul-Azha with religious zeal and fervour today (Saturday). Thousands of Muslims offered their Eid prayers at Masjid al-Haram and Masjid-e-Nabvi this morning. Eid-ul-Azha is being celebrated in the Palestine, Philippine, France, Canada, European countries, United States and Austria as well. The three-day festival, also ... Read More »

Hajj 2014 – Considering Alternatives to the Animal Sacrifice (Qurbani) of Eid-ul-Adha


This article is part of Patheos Muslim’s and Altmuslim’s Hajj 2014 reflection series, which is focusing on the good, the difficult and everything in between about the holy days of Dhul Hijjah, the Hajj pilgrimage and Eid ul Adha, the second major holiday for Muslims. By Bina Ahmad and Fatima Ashraf Eid-ul-Adha is a very important holiday for 1.3 billion ... Read More »

World’s 1.6-B Muslims mark Eid’l Adha today


Islam’s estimated 1.6-billion strong global “Ummah” (community), including in the Philippines, will celebrate Eid’l Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, today, Saturday. The Islamic festival comes as pilgrims continue their spiritual journey, returning to Mina, the tent city five kilometers away from Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Over two million pilgrims – around 1.4 million from various parts of the world – came ... Read More »

History and Facts about the Muslim Feast of the Sacrifice


Eid al-Adha, known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, is the second of two major Eid Muslim holidays. This year, the festival begins on the evening of 3 October, based on the lunar-based Islamic calendar. Thousands of Muslims around the world are set to celebrate the festival, which commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishamel as an act of ... Read More »

KFC leaves Muslims baffled after branch drops alcohol hand-wipes in halal mix-up


Muslim leaders have voiced bewilderment after a branch of Kentucky Fried Chicken refused to give customers hand-wipes containing alcohol for fear that doing so would cause offence. The fast food chain blamed a “misunderstanding” at the branch in Leicester, which is part of a trial involving halal chicken, after staff were told not to hand out the wipes in case ... Read More »