Muslim Countries Prepare to Celebrate Eid Al-Adha

Published August 7th, 2019 - 06:33 GMT

Eid al-Adha, also called the "Festival of Sacrifice", is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two.

It honours the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience. But, before Abraham could sacrifice his son, God provided a lamb to sacrifice instead.

Muslims worldwide celebrate every year Eid al-Adha through sacrificing sheep and divide it into three parts: One to the poor and needy, the second is kept for home, and the third to relatives.

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Yemeni men hold a goat at a livestock market in the capital Sanaa on August 6, 2019, as people buy provisions in preparation for the Eid al-Adha celebrations, known as the "big" festival. MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP

Yemeni men hold a goat at a livestock market in the capital Sanaa on August 6, 2019, as people buy provisions in preparation for the Eid al-Adha celebrations, known as the "big" festival. MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP

Known as the "big" festival, Eid Al-Adha is celebrated each year by Muslims sacrificing various animals according to religious traditions, including cows, camels, goats and sheep. MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP

Known as the "big" festival, Eid Al-Adha is celebrated each year by Muslims sacrificing various animals according to religious traditions, including cows, camels, goats and sheep. MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP

A vendor waits for customers at a livestock market in Kuwait City on August 5, 2019, ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha or the "Feast of Sacrifice" which marks the end of the annual pilgrimage or Hajj to the Saudi holy city of Mecca and is celebrated in remembrance of Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to God. Yasser Al-Zayyat / AFP

A vendor waits for customers at a livestock market in Kuwait City on August 5, 2019, ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha or the "Feast of Sacrifice" which marks the end of the annual pilgrimage or Hajj to the Saudi holy city of Mecca and is celebrated in remembrance of Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to God. Yasser Al-Zayyat / AFP

A vendor carries a sheep at a livestock market in Kuwait City on August 5, 2019, ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha or the "Feast of Sacrifice" which marks the end of the annual pilgrimage or Hajj to the Saudi holy city of Mecca and is celebrated in remembrance of Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to God. Yasser Al-Zayyat / AFP

A vendor carries a sheep at a livestock market in Kuwait City on August 5, 2019, ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha or the "Feast of Sacrifice" which marks the end of the annual pilgrimage or Hajj to the Saudi holy city of Mecca and is celebrated in remembrance of Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to God. Yasser Al-Zayyat / AFP

A Pakistani trader makes a design on a camel as he waits for customers in preparation for the Muslim annual festival of Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, at an animal market in Karachi. RIZWAN TABASSUM / AFP

A Pakistani trader makes a design on a camel as he waits for customers in preparation for the Muslim annual festival of Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, at an animal market in Karachi. RIZWAN TABASSUM / AFP

In this photograph taken on August 4, 2019, a man stands on a bull being lowered with a crane from a roof of a building in preparation for the Muslim annual festival of Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, in Karachi. RIZWAN TABASSUM / AFP

In this photograph taken on August 4, 2019, a man stands on a bull being lowered with a crane from a roof of a building in preparation for the Muslim annual festival of Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, in Karachi. RIZWAN TABASSUM / AFP

Eid Al-Adha preparations in the old city, Jerusalem. (Twitter)

Eid Al-Adha preparations in the old city, Jerusalem. (Twitter)

Muslim pilgrims head to perform the 'Jamarat' ritual in Mina near Mecca, Saudi Arabia in November 2010 on the third day of the hajj. AFP

Muslim pilgrims head to perform the 'Jamarat' ritual in Mina near Mecca, Saudi Arabia in November 2010 on the third day of the hajj. AFP

Iraqi children play on a street in Baghdad on the first day of Eid al-Adha. AFP/File Photo

Iraqi children play on a street in Baghdad on the first day of Eid al-Adha. AFP/File Photo

Yemeni men hold a goat at a livestock market in the capital Sanaa on August 6, 2019, as people buy provisions in preparation for the Eid al-Adha celebrations, known as the "big" festival. MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP
Known as the "big" festival, Eid Al-Adha is celebrated each year by Muslims sacrificing various animals according to religious traditions, including cows, camels, goats and sheep. MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP
A vendor waits for customers at a livestock market in Kuwait City on August 5, 2019, ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha or the "Feast of Sacrifice" which marks the end of the annual pilgrimage or Hajj to the Saudi holy city of Mecca and is celebrated in remembrance of Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to God. Yasser Al-Zayyat / AFP
A vendor carries a sheep at a livestock market in Kuwait City on August 5, 2019, ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha or the "Feast of Sacrifice" which marks the end of the annual pilgrimage or Hajj to the Saudi holy city of Mecca and is celebrated in remembrance of Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to God. Yasser Al-Zayyat / AFP
A Pakistani trader makes a design on a camel as he waits for customers in preparation for the Muslim annual festival of Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, at an animal market in Karachi. RIZWAN TABASSUM / AFP
In this photograph taken on August 4, 2019, a man stands on a bull being lowered with a crane from a roof of a building in preparation for the Muslim annual festival of Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, in Karachi. RIZWAN TABASSUM / AFP
Eid Al-Adha preparations in the old city, Jerusalem. (Twitter)
Muslim pilgrims head to perform the 'Jamarat' ritual in Mina near Mecca, Saudi Arabia in November 2010 on the third day of the hajj. AFP
Iraqi children play on a street in Baghdad on the first day of Eid al-Adha. AFP/File Photo
Yemeni men hold a goat at a livestock market in the capital Sanaa on August 6, 2019, as people buy provisions in preparation for the Eid al-Adha celebrations, known as the "big" festival. MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP
Yemeni men hold a goat at a livestock market in the capital Sanaa on August 6, 2019, as people buy provisions in preparation for the Eid al-Adha celebrations, known as the "big" festival. MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP
Known as the "big" festival, Eid Al-Adha is celebrated each year by Muslims sacrificing various animals according to religious traditions, including cows, camels, goats and sheep. MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP
Known as the "big" festival, Eid Al-Adha is celebrated each year by Muslims sacrificing various animals according to religious traditions, including cows, camels, goats and sheep. MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP
A vendor waits for customers at a livestock market in Kuwait City on August 5, 2019, ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha or the "Feast of Sacrifice" which marks the end of the annual pilgrimage or Hajj to the Saudi holy city of Mecca and is celebrated in remembrance of Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to God. Yasser Al-Zayyat / AFP
A vendor waits for customers at a livestock market in Kuwait City on August 5, 2019, ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha or the "Feast of Sacrifice" which marks the end of the annual pilgrimage or Hajj to the Saudi holy city of Mecca and is celebrated in remembrance of Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to God. Yasser Al-Zayyat / AFP
A vendor carries a sheep at a livestock market in Kuwait City on August 5, 2019, ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha or the "Feast of Sacrifice" which marks the end of the annual pilgrimage or Hajj to the Saudi holy city of Mecca and is celebrated in remembrance of Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to God. Yasser Al-Zayyat / AFP
A vendor carries a sheep at a livestock market in Kuwait City on August 5, 2019, ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha or the "Feast of Sacrifice" which marks the end of the annual pilgrimage or Hajj to the Saudi holy city of Mecca and is celebrated in remembrance of Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to God. Yasser Al-Zayyat / AFP
A Pakistani trader makes a design on a camel as he waits for customers in preparation for the Muslim annual festival of Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, at an animal market in Karachi. RIZWAN TABASSUM / AFP
A Pakistani trader makes a design on a camel as he waits for customers in preparation for the Muslim annual festival of Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, at an animal market in Karachi. RIZWAN TABASSUM / AFP
In this photograph taken on August 4, 2019, a man stands on a bull being lowered with a crane from a roof of a building in preparation for the Muslim annual festival of Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, in Karachi. RIZWAN TABASSUM / AFP
In this photograph taken on August 4, 2019, a man stands on a bull being lowered with a crane from a roof of a building in preparation for the Muslim annual festival of Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, in Karachi. RIZWAN TABASSUM / AFP
Eid Al-Adha preparations in the old city, Jerusalem. (Twitter)
Eid Al-Adha preparations in the old city, Jerusalem. (Twitter)
Muslim pilgrims head to perform the 'Jamarat' ritual in Mina near Mecca, Saudi Arabia in November 2010 on the third day of the hajj. AFP
Muslim pilgrims head to perform the 'Jamarat' ritual in Mina near Mecca, Saudi Arabia in November 2010 on the third day of the hajj. AFP
Iraqi children play on a street in Baghdad on the first day of Eid al-Adha. AFP/File Photo
Iraqi children play on a street in Baghdad on the first day of Eid al-Adha. AFP/File Photo