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Muslims Around the World Celebrate the Feast of Sacrifice

Young Indonesian Muslims enjoy a children's ride on Oct. 4, during the Muslim holy feast of Eid al-Adha in Bintan, Indonesia. The four-day religious holiday remembers the willingness of prophet Ibrahim, known as Abraham in the Old Testament, to sacrifice his son, Isma’il, when God ordered him to, even though he was given a sheep to sacrifice in the nick of time instead. As part of the annual celebration, Muslims who can afford to sacrifice domestic animals as a symbol of Ibraham’s sacrifice.

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Palestinian girls play on the first day of Eid al-Adha next to their families' houses, destroyed during the recent Israeli offensive, in Gaza City on Oct. 4.

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Russian Muslims pray in a street near the Central Mosque on the first day of Eid al-Adha in Moscow.

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Muslims perform prayers for Eid al-Adha at the Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara, Turkey, on Oct. 4, 2014.

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Turkish Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayers at the Sabanci Central Mosque in Adana, Turkey, on Oct. 4.

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A man offers Eid al-Adha prayers in the courtyard of the Hazrat-e-Ali shrine, or Blue Mosque, in Mazar-i-sharif, Afghanistan, on Oct. 4.

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A father walks with his children before performing prayers on the first day of Eid al-Adha in Damascus, Syria.

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Muslim pilgrims cast stones at pillars symbolizing Satan during the annual hajj pilgrimage which coincides with Eid al-Adha, in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, on Oct. 4.

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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Arafat near Mecca as they perform one of the Hajj rituals late on Oct. 3, 2014. The pilgrims perform a series of rituals during the annual hajj and end with the celebration of Eid al-Adha.

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A man leads a goat ahead of Eid al-Adha, also called the Festival of Sacrifice, at the animal market on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan, on Oct. 2. As part of the annual celebration, Muslims who can afford to sacrifice domestic animals as a symbol of Ibraham’s sacrifice.

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