Indonesians perform Eid-ul-Azha prayers with social distancing as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus, in Bandung, West Java on July 31, 2020 AFP
Muslims attend Eid-ul-Azha prayers with social distancing as a preventive measure against the coronavirus at a mosque in Surabaya in East Java on July 31, 2020 AFP
Muslim worshippers pray on the first day of Eid-ul-Azha at the Mohammad al-Amin Mosque, in Beirut on July 31, 2020 AFP
Palestinian Muslim worshippers pray on July 31, 2020 at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city on the first day of Eid-ul-Azha AFP
Afghan men leave a mosque after prayers during the Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Azha, amid the spread of the coronavirus, in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 31, 2020 Reuters
Muslims pray outside a mosque due to limitations and restrictions to halt the spread of the coronavirus during the Eid-ul-Azha festival, in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat on July 31, 2020 AFP
In Asia, Muslims including in Thailand and Malaysia prayed in or outside mosques wearing masks
Muslims across Asia, taking precautions against the novel coronavirus such as wearing face masks and temperature checks, performed prayers on Friday to mark the festival of Eid-ul-Azha in mosques with reduced capacity as well as on the streets.
In Indonesia, worshippers were advised to maintain social distancing during the prayers as the world's biggest Muslim-majority country struggles to contain the spread of the virus.
Indonesia's religious ministry also asked mosques to shorten ceremonies this year, while many mosques cancelled the ritual of slaughtering livestock and distributing meat to the community.
"This year's Eid-ul-Azha is very different from previous years because we need to follow health protocols as we perform prayers, like maintaining social distancing," said Devita Ilhami, 30, who was at the Sunda Kelapa mosque in Jakarta.
She also noted they had to bring their own prayer mats, with markers on the ground to show where they should be laid.
Elsewhere in Asia, Muslims including in Thailand and Malaysia prayed in or outside mosques wearing masks.
In Malaysia, while some mosques cancelled the ritual of slaughtering livestock, 13 cows were killed in the traditional way by cutting the throat under rules limiting the number of animals and people at the Tengku Abdul Aziz Shah Jamek mosque in Kuala Lumpur.
In Saudi Arabia, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, tweeted Eid-ul-Azha greetings early on Friday, shortly after leaving hospital.
"I congratulate everyone on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha," the Tweet said.
"I ask God almighty .... to lift the pandemic from our country and the world with his grace and mercy."
Meanwhile, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will attend prayers in Kabul. Islamist Taliban militants have announced they will observe a three-day ceasefire for the holiday, offering some respite from weeks of increasing violence in the country.
In India, where Eid will be celebrated mostly from Saturday, several states have eased coronavirus restrictions to allow worshippers to gather in mosques in limited numbers.
Ritual sacrifices would be performed in enclosed areas, away from public view, and the remains carefully collected and disposed, he said.
In southern Karnataka state, authorities are requiring mosques to disinfect their premises, use thermal scanners, provide hand-washing facilities and ensure individuals maintain a distance of 6 feet between each other.
Health experts have been concerned about the risks of the coronavirus being spread during such religious festivals, when Muslims typically gather in mosques and homes, or travel to their home towns.