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Reflection and Joy Brought by Eid-ul-Adha Celebrations Around the World

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Summary:

  • The Muslim holiday of Eid-ul-Adha has begun as millions across the globe celebrate Prophet Abraham’s faithfulness to Allah and the conclusion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
  • Eid-ul-Adha is a 3 day celebration and one of 2 major Islamic holidays, the other being Eid-ul-Fitr.
  • Muslims around the world attend Eid prayers, visit friends and family, eat delicious food, and dress up in new clothes to celebrate Eid. 
  • Eid celebrations bring joy to many, however they are also a time for reflection as much of the Muslim world faces conditions in which they are unable to properly celebrate the holiday.
  • The delta variant of Covid-19 continues to surge around the globe, severely limiting interactions and pushing many countries to restrict Eid prayers and subsequent celebrations.
  • Mauritania, Morocco, Oman and Tunisia have completely banned collective Eid prayers as precautionary measures against Covid-19. 
  • Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Jordan will hold Eid prayers under tight restrictions in order to limit the spread of Covid-19.
  • The crisis-hit economy of Lebanon serves to stifle most Eid celebrations, leaving large festivities for a privileged few. 
  • Palestinians that have suffered repeated violence and loss in the conflict between Gaza and Israel welcome Eid with grieving hearts.
  • Afghanistan suffers similar conditions as their Eid celebrations are marked with increased Taliban activity, repeated armed conflict, a third wave of Covid-19, and high political tension regarding US troop withdrawal.
  • Eid provides a moment of respite for countless Muslims around the world as they are given an opportunity to escape from the harsh conditions they may be presented with in favor of a joyous holiday. 

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  • The crippled economy coupled with the nation’s failing political system has been a cause for great frustration for Lebanese citizens as many protest the government’s handling of the crises.
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