Eidul Adha prayers offered nationwide
KABUL (Pajhwok): The first day of annual religious festival Eidul Adha was celebrated across Afghanistan on Saturday by offering Eid prayers in all provinces, including Kabul, without any untoward incident taking place.
Kabul residents offered Eid prayers at Eid Gah mosque, Pul-i-Kheshti, Abdul Rahman, Wazir Akabar Khan and other mosques.
President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai offered the prayers in the mosque at the Presidential Palace, where Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah and former president Hamid Karzai were present.
Wolesi Jirga speaker Abul Rauf Ibrahimi, former jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf, Cabinet members, lawmakers and diplomats from Islamic countries also offered Eid prayers at the Presidential Palace’s mosque.
Imams and religious leaders in their prayers called for peace and stability in the country. Most Afghans started sacrificing animals after offering Eid prayers and greeting their relatives and friends.
A resident of the Shah Shaheed area of Kabul, Haji Dar Mohammad, who offered Eid prayers at the Eid Gah mosque, told Pajhwok Afghan News that he prayed Allah Almighty that no mother should cry over the corpse of her son and no bride weep over the body of her spouse.
He urged the armed rebels and foreign troops not to target civilians during their operations.
A third year student at Kabul University, Mohammad Daud Paktash, a resident of the first Macro Rayan residential area, offered Eid prayers at the area mosque and was on his way home when this scribe approached him. “I am happy seeing smiles on the faces of Afghans these days.”
The first day of Eidul Adha was celebrated besides Afghanistan in Arab countries, Europe and the United States. Afghan refugees living in Pakistan’s tribal areas also celebrated the festival on Saturday.
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