Central Eid celebration at Sarajevo's Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque
Eid prayers in Sarajevo began today at 6:33 a.m., and Reis ul-Ulema of the Muslim Community in BiH Mustafa ef. Ceric delivered the Eid sermon.
The central Eid celebration, attended by a great number of believers, is traditionally held at the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque in Sarajevo.
Pointing out that man each day faces many questions and problems, Ceric said that it is most important for our society that we speak the truth and fight for justice.
"That is a requirement for success in this world, and salvation in the hereafter. We should all follow one path, because if we all follow our own path, we will break into small pieces," Ceric said.
The Reis ul-Ulema noted that the right path is the path of Islam.
"Right is that path that our ancestors accepted 600 years ago. That is the path of Gazi Husrev-beg. That is the path of Alija Izetbegovic, who took us from slavery to freedom. This is the path of our martyrs, who gave their lives to witness the faith and freedom of our people. It is the way of unity in the fight against genocide. It is the path of rebirth," Ceric said.
Reis ul-Ulema Ceric emphasized that Muslims pray most "that we stop worrying, that we stop disease, that poverty does not follow us, that the way does not deceive us, that traitors do not sell us out, that our people would be free, that our home would be secure, that our society would be fair and that our fight for truth and justice would be permanent."
"Share the joy of Eid among yourselves and do not forget tomorrow is the Day of the Martyrs, to pay homage to the greatest sons of our homeland," Ceric said, congratulating all Muslims on Eid.
"I especially wish to congratulate on Eid the sick, the frail, and the displaced. I celebrate Eid for our brothers in Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, Slovenia, Macedonia, and in the diaspora, and all Muslim men and women around the world - Bayram serif mubarek olsun," Ceric said.
The traditional Eid celebration in the BiH Islamic Community will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Eid prayers are held in all larger mosques in the region. The central celebration in Croatia is held in the Zagreb mosque at 6:35 a.m., while in Belgrade Eid prayers are held in Bajrakla mosque starting at 6:23 a.m. Eid prayers in Skopje are held in the Mustafa-pasha mosque starting at 6:23 a.m. All mosques in Montenegro hold Eid prayers starting at 6:30 a.m.