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Eid al-Adha 2017: Holy festival of sacrifice celebrated in India

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    Muslims pray at royal mosque near Taj Mahal in Agra

    During Eid al-Adha, Muslims slaughter an animal to remember Ibraham’s sacrifice and remind themselves of the need to submit to the will of God.

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    Muslims pray at Belgachia flyover in North Kolkata

    Eid al-Adha, is the “feast of the sacrifice.” It commemorates the end of Hajj, an obligatory annual pilgrimage by millions of Muslims to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

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    Kids embrace after namaaz at Bandra mosque in Mumbai

    Eid al-Adha recalls the story of how God commanded Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael as a test of faith (the story is of Abraham and Isaac in the Hebrew Torah and Christian Old Testament).

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    Muslims leave after prayers at Delhi's Jama Masjid

    The story, as narrated in the Quran, describes Satan’s attempt to tempt Ibrahim so he would disobey God’s command. Ibrahim, however, remains unmoved and informs Ishmael, who is willing to be sacrificed.

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    Muslims pray at New Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla mosque

    But, just as Ibrahim attempts to kill his son, God intervenes and a ram is sacrificed in place of Ishmael. This story has institutionalized the ideal of sacrifice in Islam and continues to be commemorated each year.

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    Women offering Eid-ul-Azhu prayers at Eidgah in Srinagar

    The sacrifice represents how, like Ibrahim, pilgrims and practicing Muslims worldwide are willing to give up even their most precious possessions.

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    Shia and Sunni Muslims offer namaz prayers in Lucknow

    Charity to the poor is a highly emphasized value in Islam. So, as part of this practice, only around a third of the meat is consumed by the family or group of friends; the rest is given to the poor and needy.

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    Muslims devotees offer prayers in Shimla

    Furthermore, the sacrifice of animals too is carried out through specific instructions that minimize their suffering. This is part of the moral obligation of Muslims.

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    Woman constables of Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB) greet each other on the occasion of ‘Eid-al Adha’ at the International Immigration check Post at Hili near Balurghat in South Dinajpur district of West Bengal

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    Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (I/C) and Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi along with other muslims offer prayers on the occasion of Eid al-Adha festival at Panja Sharif Dargah, Kashmiri Gate New Delhi

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    Muslims offering prayers at Red Road in Kolkata

    Eid Al-Adha is celebrated on the 10th day of the month of Zilhajj or Zulhijja

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    Pakistani rangers exchange sweets with Border Security Force (BSF) officials on the occasion of Bakrid at Indo-Pak Attari-Wagha border

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    Muslims devotees offer prayers at Eidgah near Jaipur

    On Eid al-Adha, pilgrims in Mecca reenact Ibrahim’s rejection of Satan’s temptation. During the pilgrimage, Muslims cast stones at a pillar, which represents Satan

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