ABU DHABI, 4nd October, 2014 (WAM)–His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, this morning performed Eid al-Adha prayers at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi City.
H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, H.H. Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler`s Representative, H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, H.H. Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy National Security Advisor, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, H.H. Sheikh Dhiyab bin Zayed Al Nahyan, H.H. Sheikh Omar bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care & Special Needs(ZHO), Deputy Chairman of Etihad Airways, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, and Ahmed Juma Al Zaabi, Deputy Minister of Presidential Affairs, performed their prayers alongside Sheikh Mohamed.
A number of Sheikhs, senior civil and military officials, Arab and Muslim members of diplomatic corps, citizens and residents also performed their prayers.
Counselloer Ali Al Hashimi, Religious and Judicial Adviser at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, delivered Eid sermon in which he thanked Allah for his blessings on pilgrims, citing the teachings of Islam that ensure happiness. He noted that "Eid al-Adha revives the memory of the sacrifice that Allah had plagued Ibrahim ‘peace be upon him’ with. This unique incident in the history of mankind demonstrates a testament to the beauty and grandeur of the obedience and trust in Allah Almighty."
Al Hashimi underlined that Eid al-Adha "is a suitable opportunity to forget disputes, and shake hands and exchange visits. It is an occasion in which we live in a grant divine of Almighty Allah, and a chance for believers to worship Allah in happiness and serenity."
He added that the biggest feast day will be when the unity of Arab and Muslim countries becomes a reality, and divisions disappear and replace by solidarity, tolerance, compassion and cooperation, and sincerity in worship.
Al Hashimi asked Allah for mercy on soul of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, wishing well to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Members of Supreme Council, Their Highnesses Rulers of Emirates, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Crown Princes, and more progress to the UAE.
After the prayers, Sheikh Mohamed and Sheikhs visited the tomb of late Sheikh Zayed, where they read ‘al-Fatih prayer) on his soul. May almighty Allah rest his soul in eternal in peace.
Sheikh Mohammed met before his departure the Eid canon team. He exchanged Eid al-Adha greetings with them. They expressed their satisfaction of meeting and exchanging Eid greetings with Sheikh Mohamed. The team wished well to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and to the UAE leadership and people as well.