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Muslims Mark Eid-ul-Adha Today
Posted Oct 04, 2014 at 6:17am
The Muslim community is celebrating Eid-ul-Adha today.

The festival, also known as Feast of the Sacrifice, begins annually on the 10th of Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah, a day after the day of Arafah, when millions of Muslims perform pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Hajj, which means ‘journey’, is one of the five pillars of Islam and mandatory duty of every single Muslim (whoever can afford) to embark on this incredible voyage and perform the pilgrimage at least once in a lifetime.

Hajj is also demonstrated as solidarity of Muslims and their submission to God (Allah).

It's a day of great jubilation and time of huge accomplishment for all pilgrims.

Hajj pilgrimage is combined with festivities of Eid-ul-Adha to commemorate the acts of Ibraham (Prophet Ibrahim) when he sacrificed his son Ishmael in obedience to God.

On Eid-ul-Adha, Muslims sacrifice halal four-legged animals (depending on their affordability) like sheep, goat, cow or camel and then divide the meat into three equal portions. They can keep the first portion for themselves, but the second must be distributed among relatives, neighbors and friends while the third has to be allocated for poor in the community.