SHARJAH // Worshippers were out in force across the country early on Monday to mark the start of Eid Al Adha with prayers.
In Sharjah, the morning rush got off to an early start as thousands of people hurried to the mosque for 6am.
Men, women and children – all with prayer mat in hand – walked as far as two kilometres on Monday to the Al Noor Mosque, which can accommodate more than 1,800 people.
While the early arrivals were chanting with the imam, thousands more were laying down their mats around the mosque, extending as far as Al Nakheel Park. Some even opted to lay their mats on the island in the road and pray in front of the mosque.
Egyptian Ragheb Mohammed, 27, was there with his wife, two brothers and three children.
“It’s a tradition in our family that all members go to the mosque for Eid prayers before we start this joyful time and enjoy our long holiday,” said the architect. “My brothers came from Ajman, and will spend the day with us; we will have breakfast and then go to the Sharjah animal market to buy our sacrificial goat.
“In the evening, we start visiting our relatives and friends and have a good time, while the kids enjoy their Eid gifts and new clothes, playing with their cousins.”
Syrian Ahmad Naeem, 44, who barely made it to the mosque in time for morning prayers, said he will be spending the holiday with family in Fujairah.
“We spend the first day visiting family members and friends here in Sharjah and, tomorrow morning, we will be driving to Fujariah for a couple of days,” he said. “We will then visit friends in Ras Al Khaimah before spending the rest of the break back in Sharjah.”
For Jordanian Sama Al Ramahi, who came to the mosque with her next-door neighbour, this Eid Al Adha will be spent with her children, while her husband is away performing Haj in Saudi Arabia.
“This year, I will be taking my 10-year-old son, Ahmad, and his younger brother to the malls in the mornings and to the parks, when the temperature cool down a bit, until my husband returns from Haj,” said the 32-year-old housewife. “Our relatives and friends will come and congratulate my husband for performing Haj.”
Meanwhile, leaders from across the Arab world called to send best wishes to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, on the occasion of Eid Al Adha.
On Sunday evening, he exchanged greetings with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; King Mohammed VI of Morocco; King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain; Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, emir of Kuwait; Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, emir of Qatar; Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El Sisi; and Sudanese president Omar Hassan Al Bashir.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed relayed greeings from the President, Sheikh Khalifa, saying that he wished them health, happiness and prosperity for their countries and people.
Arab leaders, in turn, said they wish Sheikh Khalifa continued good health and the UAE glory and prosperity.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed performed Eid prayers at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque on Monday morning, along with citizens and expatriates. Among those alongside him were Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed, Abu Dhabi Ruler’s Representative, and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
In Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, accompanied by Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, performed Eid prayers at the Sheikh Rashid Mosque in Zabeel. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid later received well-wishers at Zabeel Palace.
Sheikh Sultan Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, performed Eid Al Adha prayers at Al Badea Musalla before receiving well-wishers at Al Badea Palace. The Crown Prince, Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, was also present.
In Ajman, Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, and Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman, performed the Eid prayer at the Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi Mosque.
The Fujairah Ruler, Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, performed the Eid prayer at the new Sheikh Zayed Mosque, alongside the Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Sharqi.
Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Quwain, performed Eid Al Adha prayers at the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in his emirate, while in Ras Al Khaimah, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of RAK was joined by Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qasimi, his Crown Prince, for prayers at the Grand Eid Mussala, in Al Khuzam.
Source: uae news