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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 September 2018

UAE Rulers to visit mosques for Eid Al Adha prayers

Leaders will join the faithful in their respective emirates before welcoming well-wishers at their palaces

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, attends Eid Al Adha prayers at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in September last year. Seen with a host of Sheikhs, dignitaries and government officials. Ryan Carter / Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, attends Eid Al Adha prayers at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in September last year. Seen with a host of Sheikhs, dignitaries and government officials. Ryan Carter / Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi

Hundreds of thousands of worshippers across the country will on Tuesday celebrate Eid Al Adha - one of the most important occasions in Islam.

The country's Rulers will visit mosques in their respective emirates to perform Eid prayers alongside worshippers before welcoming well-wishers at their palaces.

As the Islamic world marks the end of the main Hajj pilgrimage rituals, it is traditional for the faithful to gather and exchange Eid greetings, beginning with prayers.

On Tuesday morning, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, will pray at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

After morning prayers, when Sheikh Mohammed will be joined by Sheikhs, ministers and senior officials, he will receive guests at Al Mushrif Palace, reported state news agency Wam.

In Sharjah, Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, will pray at Al Badee Musallah before exchanging Eid greetings at Al Badee Palace with well-wishers.

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Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the Crown Prince, will offer Eid prayer at Eid Grand Musalla in Khuzam.

The Ruler of Umm Al Quwain, Sheikh Saud bin Al Mualla, will pray at Sheikh Zayed Mosque in his emirate, along with the Crown Prince, Sheikh Rashid bin Saud Al Mualla.

Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Ruler of Ajman, will perform prayers at Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Mosque, where he will be accompanied by Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman, Sheikhs, dignitaries, tribesmen and members of the Muslim community.

Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Ruler of Fujairah, will pray at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the eastern emirate. He will be joined by Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah.

In Dhafrah, in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region, will perform Eid Al Adha prayer at Al Farouk Mosque in Madinat Zayed.

After prayers, it is recommended that Muslims with financial means sacrifice an animal – a sheep, calf or goat, and have their meat is distributed to the less fortunate.

While it is recommended that the owner of the sacrifice is present during the slaughtering of the animal, many Muslims assign other people to slaughter on their behalf, especially those who wish to sacrifice in other countries which are considered more in need.

The rest of the day is spent visiting family and friends. Muslims wear their best clothes for the occasion and depending on the culture and heritage, sweets will be eaten in celebration. Some hand out money to the younger members of their family as a token.

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