His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, performed Eid Al-Adha prayers on Monday morning at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, along with citizens and expatriates.
Among others who performed prayers along with H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed were H.H. Sheikh Saif bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, H.H. Sheikh Surour bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, H.H. Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler`s Representative, H.H. Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser, 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 the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, 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 and Special Needs, H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Adviser to the UAE President, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, and a number of Sheikhs.
Senior civil and military officials, Arab and Muslim members of diplomatic corps and a group of worshipers also performed their prayers along with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed.
In his Eid sermon, Al Sheikh Omer Al Daraei said, "We congratulate you on this Holy day, which Allah has prescribed after the Day of Arafah, to rejoice in charitable actions and increase forgiveness. It is the day of praise to Allah and consolidation of good values, compassion and dissemination of happiness and smiles. It is the day of giving and the elevation of Allah's commandments."
He stressed the importance of sacrificial animals to come closer to Allah in revival of our father Ibrahim's actions, a legacy followed by the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and sustained by the wise leadership of this nation in terms of charity and welfare of people.
Al Daraei prayed to Allah to rest the soul of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in peace. He wished well to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and to H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. He also paid a tribute to parents and relatives of the nation's martyrs, praying to Allah to rest their souls in peace, along with the prophets. Imam Al Daraei also prayed to Allah to bless the Arab coalition who fight for justice to restore stability to sisterly Yemen.
After the prayer, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed visited the tomb of the late Sheikh Zayed, where he read Al Fateh for his soul, praying to Allah to rest his soul in peace.
The cannon was fired by the support unit team in front of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque amid the jubilation of worshipers on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha.