Norilsk Muslims performed festive prayer in northernmost mosque

Norilsk Muslims performed festive prayer in northernmost mosque

June 28, 2023

Eid al-Adha is celebrated 70 days after Eid al-Fitr.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Eid al-Adha is known in the Muslim world as the celebration of the Hajj completion. This is one of the main religious celebrations, reminding Muslims of man’s devotion to God and the mercy of the Almighty. Muslims visit the mosque on this day, distribute alms to the poor and starving.

Unlike other festivals, Eid al-Adha is celebrated for several days in a row. In Islamic countries, such as Saudi Arabia, the celebration can take place for two weeks, but it is generally celebrated for three to five days. In 2022, Eid al-Adha began on the night of July 8-9, and the main celebrations took place on Saturday July 9.

True Muslims gathered for a festive prayer at the Norilsk Nurd-Kamal mosque.

“The northernmost mosque Nurd-Kamal plays a huge role in the Muslims life in multinational Norilsk. Cut off from their usual places of residence in the south, it is here that Muslims find support and unity. People come here in difficult times, those who find themselves in these harsh lands for the first time ask for advice, seek solace in the darkness of the polar night. The importance of the mosque in the Arctic can hardly be overestimated”, says Imam-khatib Ilgiz Hazrat.

The holiday name comes from the Prophet Ibrahim’s story, described in the Koran Sura 37. It says that the angel Jabrail (identified with the biblical archangel Gabriel) appeared to him in a dream and conveyed that Allah orders to sacrifice his son.

It was about his eldest son Ismail, whom Ibrahim, despite mental anguish, nevertheless agreed to kill. But at the very last moment, Allah replaced the victim with a ram. It was a test of faith that Ibrahim successfully passed.

On this great holiday for believers, it is customary not only to praise Allah, but also to help the poor, as well as treat each other to a magnificent dinner.

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Text: Denis Kozhevnikov, Photo: author

June 28, 2023

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