Moscow, September 12, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Russian Muslims on the Eid al-Adha (Kurban Bayram) holiday, which marks the end of pilgrimage to holy places, the Kremlin press service said.
"For centuries this cheerful holiday has been playing a huge role in the life of the Muslim Ummah; it bolsters unity between people, introduces them to the timeless values of Islam and fosters their caring and respectful attitude towards ancient history, customs and legacy of ancestors," the congratulatory message said.
The president welcomed the fact that Russian Muslims cherished their spiritual traditions and widely celebrated Kurban Bayram. "The Muslim Ummah is actively participating in the country's life and is making a significant contribution to education of the younger generation and promotion of the inter-religious and inter-ethnic dialogue. Indeed, its activity is very important for maintaining the peace and accord in society," the president said.
Eid al-Adha, the feast of the sacrifice, honors the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his promised son, Ismail, as an act of submission to Allah's command, before Allah intervened to provide Abraham with a lamb to sacrifice instead.
While celebrating the feat of Prophet Ibrahim, Muslims slaughter animals (sheep, goats, cows or camels).
Kurban Bayram takes place during hajj (the pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia).