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In DOOM called the cancellation of the Hajj sacrifice in the name of saving lives

The cancellation of Hajj because of the epidemic of the coronavirus, as well as limiting the number of people in common prayers in the mosques – it is the sacrifice of the believers for the life and safety of the public, said Friday the first Deputy Chairman of the Spiritual administration of Muslims (DUM) of Russia Damir Mukhetdinov.

On Friday, he led the festive divine service in the Cathedral mosque of Moscow - the text of his sermons posted on the website of the DUMAS of the Russian Federation.

Muslims 31 July, celebrate the most important holiday in Islam, Eid al-Adha (Turkic), or the feast of sacrifice, which marks the end of Hajj, the pilgrimage to the main Muslim Holy sites in Mecca (Saudi Arabia). This year the government of the Kingdom closed its borders to pilgrims because of the epidemic of the coronavirus. Instead of the usual 2.5 million ceremony in Mecca will make 10 thousand people. In Moscow and Moscow region holiday bogosluzheniyah were no parishioners.

"Certainly there are those among us who wanted these days to perform the Hajj. But, perhaps for the first time in history, it was not to happen because pandemic coronavirus. And our Eid prayer in the mosque now takes place a small number compared to how many worshipers she has collected in years past. This is our victim as believers in the name of security companies, in the name of saving lives. It is our challenge that we pass, taking the example of the worship of God and patience of Abraham, with the same confidence in the mercy of the Creator," said Mukhetdinov.

The Hajj is one of the five pillars on which Islam is based. Pilgrimage to the Holy places in Mecca required to make at least once in a lifetime every Muslim. Traditionally make the pilgrimage during the month of Dhul-Hijjah (the"month of pilgrimage"), which in 2020 were launched on 21 July. Due to the fact that the Muslim calendar is lunar, the time of the Hajj changes from year to year. Lesser pilgrimage (Umrah) a Muslim can make at any time of the year.

Eid al-Adha (Turkic), or ID al-Adha (in Arabic), which marks the end of Hajj, is celebrated on the tenth day of Dhul-Hijjah of the Islamic lunar calendar and lasts three days. This year it started to come on July 31. On Eid al-Adha, Muslims traditionally make slaughter a sacrificial animal in memory of the sacrifice which, as it is written in the Scriptures, made at the time of Ibrahim (Abraham). According to legend, the Lord first instructed to sacrifice his son, and when he was ready to perform what was commanded, but instead was given a mandate to sacrifice the animal.