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Eid ul-Adha celebrated at Southampton's Medina Mosque
AS thousands of Muslims mark a major religious festival, one of the county’s largest mosques is putting on an extra celebration.
Eid ul-Adha takes place today – with mosques expected to be packed for morning prayers.
And Southampton’s Medina Mosque, in St Mary’s, is also putting on an Eid Mela for the first time on Sunday. Mosque chairman Khurshid Drabu said: “It’s going to be a joyous occasion – just a bit of fun, with lots of food stalls, clothes stalls, games for children, singing and dancing. We’re hoping it will bring more people into the mosque and our friends from other faiths will also join us.”
Eid ul-Adha marks the story of Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael at God’s command. Muslims traditionally sacrifice animals and distribute the meat among the needy – though many now give money instead.
It is the second of the two major Muslim holidays and coincides with the end of Hajj, or the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Millions of Muslims from across the world make the journey to the holy city in Saudi Arabia to say prayers during the celebrations.
Mohammad Khan from the Muslim Council of Southampton said: “I think the most important part is the Hajj, because millions and millions of people go to Mecca, and if you go, your patience will be tested.
“I have been to Hajj myself and you can hardly move. Eid is all about being tolerant and patient.”
The Eid Mela at the Medina Mosque is 11am to 3pm on Sunday.