Sheikh Dr Thaqeel Sayer al-Shammari, judge at the Court of Cassation and member of the Supreme Judiciary Council, who led the prayer, delivered the Eid sermon in which he urged worshippers to ponder the deep meanings of Eid al-Adha, the importance performing the Eid prayer because it is a ritual of Islam.
He also called for using this occasion to increase acts of worship, do good deeds and worship Allah the Almighty and following the sunnah of our Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
In the sermon, Dr al-Shammari highlighted the importance of the day of sacrifice, which was observed on Tuesday.
He also said that Islam is a religion of love and peace. "This urges us to meet the sense of belonging to the nation and that the nation's sons strive to meet its interests and protect it from all evils through co-operation between all on the basis of good governance that is based on justice and love for all, as well as on the basis of promoting unity and love and staying away from intolerance."
Scores of worshippers performed the Eid prayer in mosques and praying areas across the country.
Later in the morning, His Highness the Amir received well-wishers on the advent of Eid al-Adha at Al Wajba Palace.
The Amir received HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, and sheikhs, ministers, ministries' undersecretaries, Advisory Council members and citizens.
The Amir also received heads of diplomatic missions accredited to the country as well as army and police officers, and heads of national institutions and departments.
The well-wishers expressed their greetings and congratulations to the Amir on the blessed occasion, praying for its return with good and blessings for the Qatari people and the Arab and Muslim nations.
HH the Personal Representative of the Amir Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani attended the receptions along with HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa al-Thani, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al-Thani and HE Sheikh Jassim bin Khalifa al-Thani.
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