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Glimpses of Eid-al-Adha celebrated around the world, and the story that binds them

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 4:57 IST

Ibrahim -- the Messenger -- did not know that God wanted to test his faith when he asked him to sacrifice his son, Ismail. Neither did he know that sacrificing a sheep in his son's stead would be an act remembered and celebrated for millenniums to come.

Eid al-Adha or the Greater Eid is being celebrated by nearly 1.6 billion Muslims around the world this year.

Eid al-Adha marks the end of Hajj and is celebrated by sacrificing lambs, goats, or other animals to God as a symbolic replication of the sacrifice made by Ibrahim.

The celebration starts with Sunnah prayer in a local mosque, followed by khutbah, a sermon.

The meat of the animal sacrificed on Eid has to be divided equally into three parts. One for the family, one for relatives and the last remaining part, for the poor.

It is reported that nearly 10 million goats are sacrificed on Eid in Pakistan alone.

- Text by Ishan Kukreti

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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC, AZERBAIJAN
Eid Al Adha. Photo: Aziz Karimov/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Photo: Aziz Karimov/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Eid Al Adha. Photo: Photo: Yuriy Martyanov/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images

Photo: Yuriy Martyanov/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images

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NEW DELHI, INDIA
Eid Al Adha. Photo by Ravi Choudhary/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Photo: Ravi Choudhary/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

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PARCO DORA, TURIN, ITALY
Eid Al Adha. Photo: Mauro Ujetto/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Photo: Mauro Ujetto/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

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ROME, ITALY
Eid Al Adha. Photo: Giuseppe Ciccia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Photo: Giuseppe Ciccia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

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ROME, ITALY
Eid Al Adha. Photo: Giuseppe Ciccia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Photo: Giuseppe Ciccia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC, AZERBAIJAN
Eid Al Adha. Photo: Aziz Karimov/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Photo: Aziz Karimov/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

First published: 25 September 2015, 4:02 IST
 
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