Muslims all over the world are celebrating Eid al-Adha, a spiritual vacation which in Arabic means the “competition of the sacrifice”.
The competition marks the top of Hajj, the five-day pilgrimage Muslims undertake to Islam’s holiest metropolis, Mecca, and surrounding areas of western Saudi Arabia to cleanse the soul of sins and instil a way of equality and brotherhood.
Eid al-Adha commemorates the story of Prophet Ibrahim’s take a look at of religion when he was commanded by God to sacrifice his son, Ismail.
The assumption holds that God stayed his hand, sparing the boy and putting a ram in his place.
The day is marked with the sacrifice of an animal, often a goat, sheep or cow, and the distribution of the meat amongst neighbours, relations and the poor.