Eid-ul-Adha, the second most important Islamic festival was celebrated throughout Australia on Thursday 24 September.
Globally the event was marked on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 September and coincided with the annual pilgrimage of Hajj in Makkah.
Eid prayers were held at Mosques as well as other large venues and parks in all cities of Australia in order to accommodate the ever increasing number of Muslims keen to offer prayers in large congregations.
Eid-ul-Adha, the festival of sacrifice commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son Ismail.
In addition to early morning prayers, visits to family and friends and feasting together marks the celebrations of Eid-ul-Adha.
However this year’s Eid celebrations were marred by the large number of casualties due to the stampede during Hajj on 24 September at Mina, Saudi Arabia where around a 1000 people died with an equal number of people injured.
Earlier on 11 September a crane collapsed, killing 111 people and injuring 394.
More than 2 million people arrived from around the world to perform this year’s Hajj.
Those who died came from a dozen countries including Iran, India, Egypt, Pakistan, Somalia, Senegal, Turkey, Kenya and Algeria. An overwhelming numbers of the dead were from Iran.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader has called for the Saudi Government to take responsibility and apologise to families of the dead and the Muslim Ummah.
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani during his speech at United Nations in New York demanded an investigation into the crush.
Mr Rouhani described the stampede as “heart-rending” and emphasised the need for an investigation into “the causes of this incidents and other similar incidents”.
Saudi officials have said that they are investigating the causes of the stampede and the large number of dead and injured at this peaceful mega-event.
Saudi’s foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir, also in New York for the UN General Assembly, accused the Iranians of playing politics.
“We will reveal the facts when they emerge, and we will not hold anything back,” he told reporters after a meeting with US secretary of state John Kerry.
Saudi King Salman has ordered “a revision” of how the Hajj is organised, and a formal Saudi inquiry is under way into the stampede.
Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims were converging on a five-storey structure known as Jamarat Bridge to perform the stoning ritual when the stampede happened nearby.
At a press conference, spokesman of the Saudi Ministry of Interior, Mansour Al-Turki attempted to address most issues regarding the incident.
He said that an investigation was ongoing, that the exact causes for crowding that led to the deadly stampede on Mina Street 204 are yet to be ascertained.
He explained that “Street number 204 is a road leading from the camps to the Jamarat Bridge.What happened was that a group of pilgrims on buses were allowed to descend onto the pathways that lead to the Jamarat Bridge at a time that wasn’t allocated to them,”