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5 Photos of Muslims Celebrating the Start of Eid al-Adha

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CAIRO (AP) — Muslims worldwide are celebrating the first day of Eid al-Adha, or “Feast of Sacrifice,” the most important Islamic holiday that commemorates the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim — also known as Abraham to Christians and Jews — to sacrifice his son before God stayed his hand.

During the holiday, which ends Thursday, Muslims slaughter livestock, distributing part of the meat to the poor. The holiday begins on the 10th day of the Islamic lunar month of Dhul-Hijja, during the hajj pilgrimage.

In Saudi Arabia, close to 2 million pilgrims performed Monday one of the final rites of the hajj by symbolically stoning the devil.

Here is a series of images by Associated Press photojournalists of the celebrations of Eid al-Adha.

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Egyptians take part in Eid Al-Adha prayers at the al-Seddik Mosque in Cairo, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, to mark the end of the hajj pilgrimage by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God’s command. (AP Photo/Roger Anis)

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Kosovar children pray during Eid al-Adha prayers outside Sultan Mehmet Fatih mosque in capital Pristina, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Adha in local language, the Festival of Sacrifice, to mark the end of the hajj pilgrimage by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son on God’s command. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

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Kosovars are reflected in water during Eid al-Adha prayers outside Sultan Mehmet Fatih mosque in capital Pristina, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Adha in local language, the Festival of Sacrifice, to mark the end of the hajj pilgrimage by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son on God’s command. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

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Nigeria Muslims offer prayers to celebrate Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, that commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim’s faith, at the prayer ground in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. Eid al-Adha marks the end of hajj. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

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Iraqi Shia Muslims attend prayers on the first day of Eid al-Adha at the mosque in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Adha Monday to commemorate the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim – or Abraham as he is known in the Bible – to sacrifice his son in accordance with God’s will, though in the end God provides him a sheep to sacrifice instead. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

 

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