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Muslims across India celebrate Eid al-Adha as Kashmir faces restrictions

Indian Muslims celebrated the festival of Eid al-Adha on Monday (August 12) across the country with prayers.

In northern Jammu city, Muslims gathered under the city imam and prayed together. The head imam said that the lesson of the festival is to always follow the order of Allah with faith.

Indian security forces kept parts of disputed Kashmir locked down during the festival to prevent any major protests against a decision that scrapped the Himalayan region’s special rights.

Frustration is growing in Muslim-majority Kashmir, which is also claimed by Pakistan, over India’s move last week to curtail autonomy for the state of Jammu and Kashmir, including a bar on non-residents buying property.

Elsewhere, a large gathering was seen at capital New Delhi’s famed mosque Jama Masjid where people prayed and hugged on the festive occasion.

Eid al-Adha commemorates the Koranic tale of the Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to Allah before Allah replaced the son with a ram to be sacrificed instead.

Muslims who can afford to, sacrifice animals on the occasion to commemorate the incident.

India is home to 11 percent of the world’s Muslim population.

Nearly 172 million Muslims live in India according to a 2011 census.

(Production: Sarah Duffy)

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