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Eid al-Adha celebrations underway as millions of Muslims around the world take part in Covid-safe festivities

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MUSLIMS across the globe have been taking part in coronavirus safe celebrations for Eid al-Adha.

While some countries, like Kosovo and the United Arab Emirates, have closed mosques for Eid prayers, others have chosen to allow celebrations to go ahead.

Muslims perform the Eid al-Adha prayer while keeping social distance at the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque in Istanbul

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Muslims perform the Eid al-Adha prayer while keeping social distance at the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque in IstanbulCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Worshippers with masks inside the mosque

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Worshippers with masks inside the mosque Credit: AP:Associated Press
Pilgrims wearing face masks and keeping social distanc during the annual hajj pilgrimage 

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Pilgrims wearing face masks and keeping social distanc during the annual hajj pilgrimage Credit: Ministry of Media

This year’s celebrations began yesterday evening and finished on August 3.

The Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque was hosed down with the threat of coronavirus still a major global concern.

The cleaning process followed a big congregation at the Mosque sharing noon-prayers ahead of the holy day.

In Indonesia – home to the worlds’ largest population of Muslims – people were allowed to attend Eid prayers in mosques under strict health guidelines.

Worshippers were required to bring their own prayer mats and pray several feet apart from one another.

They must wear masks and are not allowed to shake hands or hug.

Authorities also ordered that the traditional meat for the poor be delivered door-to-door to avoid long lines.

 Disinfection being carried out at the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque

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 Disinfection being carried out at the Hagia Sophia Grand MosqueCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Muslim pilgrims cast stones at pillars symbolising Satan during the annual Haj pilgrimage

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Muslim pilgrims cast stones at pillars symbolising Satan during the annual Haj pilgrimageCredit: Reuters
Those performing the ritual keep strict social distancing measures

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Those performing the ritual keep strict social distancing measures Credit: Reuters
Muslims attend Eid al-Adha socially distanced prayers at a mosque in Surabaya, Indonesia

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Muslims attend Eid al-Adha socially distanced prayers at a mosque in Surabaya, Indonesia Credit: AFP or licensors
Worshippers at Indonesian mosques are required to bring their own prayer mats

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Worshippers at Indonesian mosques are required to bring their own prayer mats Credit: AFP or licensors
Muslim worshippers wait in a queue to enter the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque for a mass Friday prayer on the first day of the Eid al-Adha

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Muslim worshippers wait in a queue to enter the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque for a mass Friday prayer on the first day of the Eid al-AdhaCredit: EPA
Two children with specially adapted protective masks for the taking part in Eid al-Adha

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Two children with specially adapted protective masks for the taking part in Eid al-AdhaCredit: AFP or licensors

In Saudi Arabia the government took numerous precautions for pilgrims undertaking the pilgrimage – or hajj – to Islam’s holiest sites in Mecca and Medina.

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Measures included including testing pilgrims for the virus, monitoring their movement with electronic wristbands and requiring them to quarantine before and after the hajj.

Pilgrims were selected after applying through an online portal and and all had to be between the ages of 20 and 50 years-old.

Just after dawn on Friday, small groups of pilgrims masked and socially distancing made their way toward the massive multi-story Jamarat Complex in the Saudi valley area of Mina.

It is here where Muslims believe the devil tried to talk the Prophet Ibrahim-  or Abraham – out of submitting to Gods will.

There, the pilgrims cast pebbles at three large columns.

The hajj pilgrimage has also been drastically impacted by the virus.

Last year, some 2.5 million pilgrims took part, but this year as few as 1,000 pilgrims already residing in Saudi Arabia were allowed to perform the hajj.

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