• Muslims around world celebrating Eid ul-Adha

    By BILL SHERMAN Faith and Values Writer for the TULSA WORLD

    Tulsa Muslims are joining Muslims around the world this week in the Eid ul-Adha celebration, the Festival of the Sacrifice.

    The three- to four-day celebration follows the Day of Arafat on Wednesday and is associated with the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. One of the five pillars of Islam is making the pilgrimage at least once.

    Adam Soltani, executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said about 50 to 100 Oklahoma Muslims attend the Hajj each year.

    He said he has not heard that any Oklahomans were involved in the stampede that killed more than 700 pilgrims at the Hajj this week.

    Sheryl Siddiqui with the Islamic Council of Oklahoma said in a press release that Oklahoma’s 35,000 Muslims who are not on their pilgrimage traditionally fast in solidarity with the 3 million Muslim pilgrims in Mecca.

    During the 10 days leading up to Eid, Muslims around the world spend more time reading scripture, in prayer, fasting and doing good deeds, she said. Most will monitor the Hajj through Skype, Instagram, Facebook and other social media.

    Thursday through Sunday, Muslims are performing religious rituals and festivities and sharing gifts of food and hospitality, she said.

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