To make the prayer easier to those who did not fit in the mosques in Moscow, the city authorities divert traffic in several streets and closed a metro station.
This year, the Muslim feast has coincided with the beginning of the school year, and therefore the directors of some Moscow schools were advised to defer the school assemblies on the occasion of Knowledge Day to a later date. School Nr 2107, which is located near the main mosque of Moscow, has followed advice.
Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Russian Muslims:
“The unity of the Ummah has always been providing a solid foundation for facilitating inter-ethnic and inter-religious dialogue, as well as for solving pressing tasks concerning the country’s development.”
Eid al-Adha, also called the Sacrifice Feast, is a Muslim holiday honouring the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ismaeel, as an act of obedience to God’s command.