Head of the European Union Border Assistance Mission wishes Muslims a blessed Eid Al-Adha

On the occasion of Eid Al-Adha - the second of two major Muslim holidays, Mr. Guenther Freisleben wishes Muslim counterparts and all Muslims celebrating around the world Eid Mubarak. 

Eid Al-Adha, also known as "Feast of the Sacrifice", marks the end of the annual Hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca and commemorates Prophet Ibrahim's supreme act of faith when He was about to sacrifice his son -Ismail- in obedience to Allah's command before the latter got replaced by a ram.

In the period around Eid Al-Adha, many Muslims travel to Mecca to perform Hajj; this year, the General Administration for Borders and Crossings (GABC) worked in full swing to facilitate the travels of 6600 Palestinian pilgrims from the West Bank and Gaza.

On the first day of the feast, Muslims pray and celebrate. They also sacrifice animals like sheep and give generous portions of meat to the poor and needy.

"I send my greetings and my wishes for peace and goodwill to all Muslims across the world. This Eid is a reminder to mankind of God's love and mercy upon us."