Salisbury Muslims mark special day of prayer

Salisbury Muslims mark special day of prayer

Published by Mike Draper at 5:36am 31st July 2020. (Updated at 9:30am 31st July 2020)

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Hundreds of worshippers are having to be 'socially distanced' because of Covid-19 restrictions at the city's Mosque for The Festival of Eid al-Adha.

World Muslims are celebrating the most important festival of the year today (Friday 31st July 2020), the annual Festival of Eid al-Adha - the Festival of Sacrifice.

More than 500 Muslims have been congregating in a gathering for prayer this morning at Salisbury's Mosque at the bottom of Wilton Road closest to the city centre.

SOCIAL DISTANCING TOP PRIORITY

With the social distancing in place the organisers arranged TWO separate prayer sessions for worshippers, in a bid to avoid contact and the possible spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus.

With the coronavirus pandemic still raging around the world, many other mainly Muslims countries, like Pakistan, United Arab Emirates and Algeria are restricting public gatherings.

WHAT IS THE FESTIVAL OF EID AL-ADHA

According to Muslim beliefs, God tested the Prophet Ibrahim and commanded him to sacrifice his first-born son, Ismail. Ibrahim was about to follow the command, when God stopped him at the last minute and told him to sacrifice an animal instead.

The festival also celebrates an end of 'Hajj' a five-day pilgrimage to Mecca or Medina that Muslims will do once during their lifetime.

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