India celebrate Eid al-Adha with dampened spirits in solidarity with Kerala flood victims

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Muslims across India are celebrating Eid al-Adha on Wednesday with millions of them offering morning prayers in their local mosques. Devotees across India will also be sacrificing animals as part of the requirement for this festival.

Eid al-Adha

However, this Eid has been relatively sombre compared to the past because of the ravaging floods in Kerala, where hundreds of them have been killed and millions displaced from their homes. Many Muslims have chosen not to sacrifice animals and donate the money towards Kerala flood victims instead.

Local mosques across India were seen observing special prayers for the victims of Kerala floods as imams (priests) asked Muslims to be considerate towards their fellow human beings during their time of crisis.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi too wished the faithfuls on the occasion of Eid. More than two million people have gathered in Holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj, which is a mandatory pilgrimage on every Muslim, who is capable of affording the journey.

To mark the occasion, Twitter has launched a new emoji of Kaa’ba with the hashtag #EidMubarak.

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