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For the first time in the history of the world, Muslims across the globe marked a sombre Eid-ul-Adha festival because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The festival which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan is traditionally celebrated with mosque prayers, family feasts and shopping for new clothes, gifts and sweet treats.

But this year, the festival is overshadowed by the pandemic dampening the festive spirit because of banned mass prayer gatherings and aftermath celebrations to limit the spread of the virus.

As directed by the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu to hold prayers at home, ABC News spent the day with the Barry family at Shukura to observe how the celebrations will be carried out amidst COVID-19.

At the time of arrival, all family members had their face masks on and ensured strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

On a usual Eid day, the door is opened to everyone in the neighbourhood to congregate at the house but the Barry family this time around due to COVID-19 only opened their doors to extended family members.

Speaking to the head of the Barry family, Ali Musah Barry explained what Eid-ul-Adha meant and the significance of the sacrifice made to Allah.

According to him, Prophet Ibrahim was tested by Allah who commanded him to sacrifice his first-born son Ismail but Allah after seeing Ibrahim’s commitment made him sacrifice an animal.

He revealed that “When you read the history of Abraham, he had a dream that God said he should slaughter his son, when he was about to do it and he was brought sheep.”

Brother of the head of the family, Abdul Aziz Musah Barry, also acknowledged how the pandemic has affected their usual celebrations, however, some customary rites need to be adhered to as tradition demands.

According to him, the distribution of meats will still hold as stipulated in the Quran. He explained that the meat is divided among three groups, that is the family, friends and neighbours and the needy.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Barry family enjoyed their Eid-ul-Adha festival.

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