VIDEO: More than 30,000 Muslims close western Sydney streets for four hours as they pray for Eid – marking the end of the Mecca pilgrimage

VIDEO: More than 30,000 Muslims close western Sydney streets for four hours as they pray for Eid – marking the end of the Mecca pilgrimage

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September 13, 2016

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  • Tens of thousands of Muslim residents gathered in the street to offer the Eid Al Adha prayer on Monday
  • A street outside Lakemba Mosque was closed for hours to accommodate the vast number of worshippers
  • The sacred prayer marks the end of the Islamic annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, in Saudi Arabia
  • A Muslim leader said the gathering allowed for worshippers to glorify and praise God together as a group

Tens of thousands of Muslims have gathered at Lakemba Mosque in Sydney to honour a man’s willingness to sacrifice his only son in God’s name.

Muslim residents caused road closures outside Lakemba Mosque, in Sydney’s south-west, as they participated in the Eid Al Adha prayer, which marks the end of the annual pilgrimage or Hajj to the Saudi holy city of Mecca.

Between 20,000 and 30,000 men and women were pictured standing stoically on prayer mats laid across Wangee Road, which was closed between 5am and 9am, with sounds of prayers echoing through the streets as an Imam lead the service from inside the mosque.

Thousands of devoted Muslims have gathered in the streets of Western Sydney to honour a man’s willingness to sacrifice his only son in God’s name
Muslim residents caused road closures outside Lakemba mosque as they participated in the Eid Al Adha prayer, which marks the end of the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca
Muslim residents caused road closures outside Lakemba mosque as they participated in the Eid Al Adha prayer, which marks the end of the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca

A police spokespersons said the single road was closed for around four hours, with extra police deployed to direct traffic around Punchbowl Road during the service.

Men and women mingled outside the mosque before and after prayer time, however they were segregated as they offered their Eid Al Adha prayer.

Muslim community spokesperson Keysar Trad, who led prayers in Zetland, south of Sydney’s CBD, said the celebrations were one of the biggest events in the Islamic calendar and marked the breaking of a nine day fast.

‘The Eid Al Adha prayer has an additional prayer and a sermon – the rest of the time you are supposed to glorify and praise God together,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

Men and women mingled outside the mosque before and after prayer time, however they were segregated as they offered their Eid Al Adha prayer
Men and women mingled outside the mosque before and after prayer time, however they were segregated as they offered their Eid Al Adha prayer
Some gathered in a nearby rugby ground (pictured) to offer their Eid Al Adha prayer
Some gathered in a nearby rugby ground (pictured) to offer their Eid Al Adha prayer
The men stood in neat rows and bowed their heads as an Imam lead the sermon
The men stood in neat rows and bowed their heads as an Imam lead the sermon
They knelt on prayer mats during the service which is one of the biggest in the Islamic calendar
They knelt on prayer mats during the service which is one of the biggest in the Islamic calendar

 

 

Original article courtesy of Daily Mail.

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