Muslims Worldwide Celebrate Eid al Adha


Muslims Worldwide Celebrate Eid al Adha

Muslims across the world are celebrating the annual festival of Eid al Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, which follows the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The festival commemorates the willingness of the holy prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael to Allah as a sign of his obedience and Allah swapping Ishmael with a ram.

During the period Muslims sacrifice permissible animals, usually cattle, sheep or goats and distribute food to the poor. Eid al Adha is one of the two most important holidays in the Islamic calendar, with prayers and the ritual sacrifice of animals.

Muslims gather to perform the Eid al-Adha prayer, led by Grand Mufti of Kyrgyzstan Maksatbek Toktomushev, outside the Prime Ministry building in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on August 11, 2019.

Fulani displaced men pray during the Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) in a refugee camp in Bamako on August 11, 2019.