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.
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.
Wishing #EidAlAdha Mubarak to everyone. As for me, I’ve never been so sad before. Tragedy striking people in Kerala and elsewhere in India coupled with hatred all around are making me so depressed about our society. Let’s pray for a better society! Ameen!
— Rifat Jawaid (@RifatJawaid) August 21, 2018
Eid Mubarak to everyone! Prayers with Kerala today.
— Shehla Rashid (@Shehla_Rashid) August 22, 2018
Eid Mubarak to All. On this Eid, while spending time with your friends & family, spare a thought for the people of Kerala who have lost their loved ones, their livelihoods & properties. I request everyone to spend less on festivities & contribute generously to the flood relief.
— Umar Khalid (@UmarKhalidJNU) August 21, 2018
On this occasion of Eid-al-Adha let us also pray for the well being of our fellow citizens who are reeling under immense distress due to the recent floods in Kerala
— Ahmed Patel (@ahmedpatel) August 22, 2018
This Eid I will be in Kerala, helping our brethren there. The pain & displacement felt by those in Kerala is our pain too. They stood by Kashmir during 2014 floods. It’s time to pay our gratitude! #KeralaFloods
— Salman Nizami (@SalmanNizami_) August 18, 2018
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.
Best wishes on Id-ul-Zuha. May this day deepen the spirit of compassion and brotherhood in our society.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 22, 2018
Eid Mubarak to each and every one of you! May this Eid bring you great joy, peace and happiness. #EidMubarak
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 22, 2018
To mark the occasion, Twitter has launched a new emoji of Kaa’ba with the hashtag #EidMubarak.