Imam Reza shrine holds Arafah prayer, Eid al-Adha ceremonies

Sunday , 07/10/2022 - 10:01
Imam Reza shrine holds Arafah prayer, Eid al-Adha ceremonies
Hosting thousands of pilgrims from Iran and many other countries, Imam Reza holy shrine has held special ceremonies of Arafah day and momentous religious occasion of Eid al-Adha on 9th and 10th of July respectively.

The special ceremony of day of Arafah was kicked off on Saturday afternoon, July 9 by religious lecture of Hoj. Seyyed Hossein Momeni in Imam Khomeini portico of Imam Reza holy shrine. The ceremony was continued by Seyyed Mahdi Mirdamad’s recitation of Arafah prayer. 
Arafah prayer is annually held in Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia’s Mecca, where Hajj pilgrims stay a day before Eid al-Adha for ritual in Mina. People in Iran commemorated the holy day on July 9 this year. 
Also, special programs of Eid al-Adha were started on Sunday morning by congregational prayer of the Eid in holy shrine’s Imam Khomeini portico. The special collective prayer was performed by Ayatollah Alamolhoda, Mashhad’s Friday prayer leader. The keynote lecturer of the day of Eid al-Adha was Hoj. Mohammad Hossein Rajaei Khorasani; panegyrists of the ceremony were a number of famous Iranian panegyrists as well.  
Muslims traditionally celebrate Eid al-Adha as one of the most noteworthy religious festivities with the sacrifice of animals such as sheep, rams, goats and cattle and offer votive food to the poor and their fellow Muslims.
It is worth mentioning that all courtyards and porticos of Imam Reza holy shrine had previously been decorated with colorful flags and flowers and all the ceremonies were in compliance with health protocols of Coronavirus. Almost all arriving pilgrims and visitors of the complex were served by free packages of food and snacks.