Muslim faithful attend prayers to mark Kurban-Ait, also known as Eid al-Adha, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Muslim faithful attend prayers to mark Kurban-Ait, also known as Eid al-Adha, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha

Tue, Aug. 21, 2018
21 August 2018: Muslims around the world marked the Eid al-Adha holiday on Tuesday, gathering at mosques or in vast open sites to celebrate one of the two most important festivals of the Islamic calendar.

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Muslim faithful slaughter a sheep after attending prayers to mark Kurban-Ait, also known as Eid al-Adha, in Khartoum, Sudan, August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah


Commemorating the willingness of Ibrahim, or Abraham, to sacrifice his son on God's command, Muslims mark the holiday by slaughtering animals such as sheep and goats. The meat is shared among family and friends and also donated to the poor.

Palestinians visited the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, following morning prayers marking the first day of the Eid al-Adha celebration.

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Muslim faithful attend prayers to mark Kurban-Ait, also known as Eid al-Adha, in Mogadishu, Somalia August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

In Syria, President Bashar Al-Assad attended prayers at a mosque in Damascus.

The festival was also celebrated across Africa and Asia. In the Kenyan capital Nairobi thousands gathered in a field for mass prayers, the faithful also met in the Somali capital Mogadishu, and prayed at Almaty's Central Mosque in Kazakhstan.

The festival comes as the annual Haj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia draws to a close.
 
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