The Suao Fishermen's Association, Yilan, Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps

Around 300 Muslims joined a morning prayer in Yilan county, northeastern Taiwan, on Wednesday to celebrate Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice.

Muslim migrant workers in Yilan gathered at the Suao Fishermen’s Association to pray on the occasion of the Hari Raya Haji day to remember the father of the Arabs, Ibrahim, and his willingness to obey Allah and sacrifice his son Ishmael, the Taiwan Shin Sheng Daily News reported.

As the second major holiday of Islam after Eid al-Fitr – the festival of breaking the Ramadan fast – Wednesday’s event, co-organized by the Suao Fishermen’s Association and the Labor Affairs Department of Yilan county, was aimed at soothing migrants’ emotions of missing home.

There are 6,983 Indonesian workers in Yilan, making up half of the migrant-worker population in the county. The event was intended to express gratitude and respect by the Yilan county government for their sacrifice of leaving their homes to work overseas.

More than 300 Muslims – including migrant workers and new immigrants – gathered at the association and prayed for peace, calm, and comfort.

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