In Pakistan Muslims Prepare For Eid Al Adha

Published July 22nd, 2020 - 07:19 GMT

Months ago, even with the novel coronavirus lurking, Pakistanis were eager for Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan, after a long fast. 

The virus barely affected the country and so officials lifted some health restrictions to allow people to shop and socialize for the celebrations.

Today Pakistan expects to start celebrating Eid on July 31, subject to the moon's sighting. But the conditions are different due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has infected millions and changed the global lifestyle.

Eid al-Adha is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah's (God's) command to sacrifice his son. Muslims around the world observe this event and so the Eid has long become a public holiday.

Unlike in the past, today the authorities are banning the setting up of small makeshift cattle markets within cities and slaughter of animals in open spaces, fearing an increase in Covid-19 virus infections. 

But even though many are visiting the markets to buy animals after inspecting them physically to have them slaughtered in keeping with Islamic tradition. 

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A trader feeds camels at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP

A trader feeds camels at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP

A trader wearing a facemask as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, as he hold his camels while waiting for customers at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020.  Aamir QURESHI / AFP

A trader wearing a facemask as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, as he hold his camels while waiting for customers at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP

Traders decorate a camel with Henna at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP

Traders decorate a camel with Henna at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP

Traders feed goats at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP

Traders feed goats at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP

A Muslim customer takes a photo of a cow at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP

A Muslim customer takes a photo of a cow at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP

Traders give bath to bulls at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP

Traders give bath to bulls at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP

A trader unloads a cow from a truck at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP

A trader unloads a cow from a truck at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP

A trader feeds the cows at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP

A trader feeds the cows at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP

Traders rest at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP

Traders rest at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP

A trader feeds camels at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
A trader wearing a facemask as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, as he hold his camels while waiting for customers at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020.  Aamir QURESHI / AFP
Traders decorate a camel with Henna at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
Traders feed goats at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
A Muslim customer takes a photo of a cow at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
Traders give bath to bulls at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
A trader unloads a cow from a truck at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
A trader feeds the cows at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
Traders rest at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
A trader feeds camels at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
A trader feeds camels at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
A trader wearing a facemask as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, as he hold his camels while waiting for customers at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020.  Aamir QURESHI / AFP
A trader wearing a facemask as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, as he hold his camels while waiting for customers at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
Traders decorate a camel with Henna at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
Traders decorate a camel with Henna at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
Traders feed goats at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
Traders feed goats at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
A Muslim customer takes a photo of a cow at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
A Muslim customer takes a photo of a cow at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
Traders give bath to bulls at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
Traders give bath to bulls at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
A trader unloads a cow from a truck at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
A trader unloads a cow from a truck at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
A trader feeds the cows at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
A trader feeds the cows at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
Traders rest at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP
Traders rest at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha also called "Festival of the Sacrifice", in Rawalpindi on July 20, 2020. Aamir QURESHI / AFP