Muslims across Mumbai celebrated the festival of Eid-ul-Azha by offering special prayers at Idgahs and mosques on Monday. After the prayers, they sacrificed animals, mainly goats, as a commemoration of prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his only son, Ismael, for Allah.
“We celebrated the festival with fervour. Evenings are the most fun, when we dress up in traditional fineries and visit family and friends,” said Ahmed Ali, a Bandra resident and the owner of a goat farm in the city’s suburbs.
“Animals were sacrificed according to rituals. The practice is to distribute the meat among neighbours, relatives and especially to the underprivileged on the pious occasion,” said cleric Maulana Mehmood Daryabad.