On Tuesday, Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Adha, a holiday from the Islamic calendar that's also known as the "festival of sacrifice." The day commemorates prophet Ibrahim (known as Abraham in the Bible) being willing to sacrifice his son to follow Allah's (or God's) will, although Allah eventually gives Ibrahim a sheep to sacrifice instead. Eid al-Adha starts after the Hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam. Following the Hajj ritual, the Eid al-Adha festival is marked by traditional prayer gatherings and, for families who can afford it, animal sacrifices. If a family sacrifices an animal, tradition calls for them to keep one third, give a third to friends and neighbors, and provide the final third to the poor. From Indonesia to Africa to Australia, take a look at some of the most striking pictures of Muslims gathering for Eid al-Adha prayers this week.
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Muslims Across the Globe Gather For Eid al-Adha