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Photos: Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha
Palestinians pray on Monday morning at the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem

Photos: Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha

Muslims around the world celebrated Eid-ul-Azha on Monday, one of the two most important festivals of the Islamic calendar.

The world’s 1.5 billion Muslims marked the start of Eid al-Adha, or the feast of sacrifice on Monday, while in Saudi Arabia nearly 2 million pilgrims performed one of the final rites of the hajj by symbolically stoning the devil.

Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha to commemorate Ibrahim’s, or Abraham’s, test of faith in God. They believe Ibrahim committed to kill his only son Ismail on the command of God.

Having tested Ibrahim’s faith, God sent a lamb in the boy’s place.

During the holiday, which ends Thursday, Muslims slaughter sheep or goats to share with family, friends and the needy.

Highlights from Eid ul Adha celebration

From Jakarta to Jerusalem and from Peshawar to Moscow, Muslims celebrate Islam’s holiest festival.

Rafik al Hibish, 11, feeds his sheep, who will be slaughtered on the first day of Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon. Photo: Mohammed Zaatari/AP

Rafik al Hibish, 11, feeds his sheep, who will be slaughtered on the first day of Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon. Photo: Mohammed Zaatari/AP

People attend prayers at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Iqro Rinaldi/Reuters

People attend prayers at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Iqro Rinaldi/Reuters

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 A camel for sale decorated with artificial flowers and henna patterns is seen at a makeshift cattle market before the Eid al-Adha festival in Peshawar, Pakistan. Photo: Fayaz Aziz/Reuters

A camel for sale decorated with artificial flowers and henna patterns is seen at a makeshift cattle market before the Eid al-Adha festival in Peshawar, Pakistan. Photo: Fayaz Aziz/Reuters

Afghans pray in Mazar-i Sharif on Eid al Adha

Afghans pray in Mazar-i Sharif on Eid al Adha

A man carries a goat for slaughter ahead of Eid in Peshawar, Pakistan

A man carries a goat for slaughter ahead of Eid in Peshawar, Pakistan

Palestinians pray on Monday morning at the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem

Palestinians pray on Monday morning at the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem

People buy sweets in Jerusalem's Old City before the Muslim holiday. Photo: Ammar Awad/Reuters

People buy sweets in Jerusalem’s Old City before the Muslim holiday. Photo: Ammar Awad/Reuters

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