Muslims of Abkhazia Celebrating Eid al-Adha

Timur Dzyb (left), Head of the United Spiritual Administration of Muslims in Abkhazia and the President Aslan Bzhania.

Timur Dzyb (left), Head of the United Spiritual Administration of Muslims in Abkhazia and the President Aslan Bzhania.

SUKHUM / AQW'A — Muslims across Abkhazia joined their brethren around the world today in celebrating Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice. This significant occasion, which in Abkhaz is called Kurbanbykhua, is one of the two major Islamic holidays. It is observed on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah, and comes 70 days after Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

In Abkhazia, Eid al-Adha is recognised as a public holiday, where both the spiritual and cultural aspects are embraced.

Timur Dzyba, Head of the United Spiritual Administration of Muslims in Abkhazia, informed that nearly a thousand people attended the prayers which took place in mosques in Sukhum and Gudauta.

Dzyba noted, “The premises we have cannot accommodate all those wishing to perform prayers, and in addition to the inner areas of the mosques, we also used adjacent sidewalks and part of the roadway while adhering to safety measures.”

Despite these logistical challenges, Dzyba conveyed that the ceremonies were successful and were further buoyed by favourable weather conditions. He added that following the prayers, tables were laden with refreshments to welcome all believers and guests in a communal celebration.

In a heartfelt address, Dzyba extended his felicitations, “I want to take this moment to extend my warmest wishes to the Muslims of Abkhazia and to all people on this auspicious holiday. We implore the Almighty for the welfare of humanity, especially in these trying times when the world is faced with numerous challenges. May Allah bless us with peace and prosperity in Abkhazia and beyond.”

Abkhazia’s President Aslan Bzhania also issued a congratulatory message, underscoring the spiritual tenets of Eid al-Adha. “Eid al-Adha serves as a reminder of the deep spiritual values of sacrifice and compassion and calls on us to extend our support to the needy and vulnerable,” he said.

President Bzhania added, “May this Eid al-Adha foster mutual understanding, warmth, and unity among all the residents of Abkhazia.”

Eid al-Adha, also known as Id al-Adha in Arabic, commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God, before God provided a ram to sacrifice instead. The festival also marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, which is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.




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