Eid al-Adha 2018: Everything you need to know about Bakrid

Pilgrims in Saudi Arabia

Pilgrims in Saudi Arabia

Pilgrims attend noon prayers outside Namirah Mosque in Mecca during the annual pilgrimage.

During Hajj, many Muslims make a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia during a five day period.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday called for greater unity among various faiths as the country's Muslims mark Eid'l Adha or the fast of sacrifice.

Eid ul Adha honours the sacrifice the prophet Ibrahim made when Allah asked him to sacrifice his son, Ishmael to show his devotion. One is for family, friends and neighbours, the second part is distributed among the poor and the needy, and the last part is retained for immediate family.

Eid Al Adha celebrations also coincide with the Haj pilgrimage and for the pilgrims, the celebration begins after the descent of the Haj pilgrims from the Mount Arafat on the 9th of Zul Hijjah. For 30 days, Muslims worldwide observe fasting and end the month with the Eid al-Fitr celebration. The festival is celebrated by the 1.6 billion Muslims across the globe.

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The day begins with Eid prayer which follows the regular morning prayer.

An Abuja-based Islamic Cleric, Yahya Al-Yolawi, on Monday, advised Muslims to only use their legitimate means to buy ram for Eid-el-Kabir sacrifice.

"Again, as much as we acknowledge the fact that there is every reason for Muslims to celebrate this day even with pomp and pageantry, the party also admonishes them especially the youth to be tired of excessive celebration which may occasion some unpleasant spectacles". You are invited to attend the morning prayer and the celebrations immediately following. The celebrations of Eid Al Adha can last up to three days.

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