Mosques packed in UAE to pray and spread joy

Imams across the country urged Muslims to carry the spirit of Ramadan with them throughout the year.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, joins members of the royal family and government ministers at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque yesterday for Eid prayers.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, joins members of the royal family and government ministers at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque yesterday for Eid prayers.

Muslims were urged to observe the Ramadan themes of piety, obedience and generosity throughout the year at Eid Al Fitr prayers on Sunday.

Imams at grand mosques and informal musallas said Eid was the time for those who fasted to reap what they sowed during the Holy Month, according to Wam, the state news agency.

"Eid is meant to be a time of enjoyment that should extend to one's family, relatives, friends and neighbours, and even domestic helpers," imams said. "In this, Muslims should follow the tradition of the Prophet Mohammed, who had been keen to spread joy and share it with his family."

As part of observances on the first day of Eid, well-wishers poured into palaces across the UAE to extend congratulations to the Rulers and Supreme Council members.

Sheikhs, ministers and senior officials witnessed prayers calling for continued prosperity in the Emirates under the leadership of Sheikh Khalifa, the President.

The well-wishers also prayed for protection of Sheikh Khalifa and guidance in serving the interest of the UAE and its people.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, offered prayers yesterday morning at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Ali Al Hashimi, the adviser of religious and judicial affairs at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, asked Muslims to "adhere to piety and obedience of Allah" as part of the event. He also highlighted the significance of forgiveness.

After the prayer, Sheikh Mohammed visited the tomb of Sheikh Zayed, his father, founder of the UAE.

Worshippers also prayed for continued blessings of safety and security for the UAE and all Muslim countries.

jthomas@thenational.ae

Published: August 20, 2012 04:00 AM

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